[sword-devel] Build file for jsword

Jerry Kreps sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 9 Dec 2001 23:03:09 -0600

On Sunday 09 December 2001 22:21, Mike Dougherty wrote:
> On Sun, 2001-12-09 at 19:13, Bobby Nations wrote:
> > All,
> >
> > I'm pumped to find out about jsword, the java port of sword.  As
> > a small token of my appreciation for the work done by everyone so
> > far, I'm attaching an ant build file for the jsword project.  By
> > default, it will compile and jar all of the java files under
> > 'jsword/src' into 'jsword/dist/sword.jar', and it will also
> > create the javadocs under 'jsword/dist/api'.  There's a clean
> > target as well to remove temporary directories such as dist.
> >
> > Hope you like it, and I would love to contribute more to the
> > ongoing porting efforts.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Bobby
> > ----
> It works, I like it! I by no means have the final word, but may I
> suggest a few changes?
> 15c15
> < 	<property name="build.dir" value="btree" />
> ---
> > 	<property name="build.dir" value="classes" />
> Functionally it does the same thing. I prefer to use classes, it's
> more of name for what is going in the directory. Also, a few IDEs
> that compile into separate directories (i.e. JBuilder) use "src"
> and "classes" so this name will make it easier for those lazy
> developers that use an IDE. (Ooooh, I feel flame coming on...)

A nice change.    Back in 1979, while I was coding on an Apple II+ 
using Apple Basic, I formed a partnership with a computer professor 
from the Univ of Nebr at kearney.  It was called 'WetWare', which we 
thought was a clever reference to our brains.  One of his strict 
rules was that every line number was incremented by 10.    He really 
wrote beautiful code.  And he wrote really slow.  Every time he made 
a change he renumbered all the lines from the change on down so that 
they were increments of 10.   He renumbered manually.   I, on the 
otherhand, would merely put 12, 14, 16 and 18 between 10 and 20.    
If there were 200 lines of code he would renumber everything from 10 
on up, manually.   He refered to my coding style as lazy.    I was 
lazy, but I got to market.  He never reached the market in time to 
make an economic contribution to WetWare.  A year after we started 
our partnership I bought him out.   He went on to earn his PhD and 
teach at the Univ of Oregon.  To this day I could never understand 
why he wouldn't use a simple line-renumbering utility if he continued 
to insist that all of his code has lines incremented by 10.   I look 
at GUI's like I look at simple line-renumbering utilities...  just a 
tool that make work easier, or allows more to be accomplished in less