Brace Balancer

Brace Balancer

To view this page, you should have the most recent Java installed 32-bit JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.8.0_25.
This Applet will run online in your browser, but it is a hybrid you can also download, install and run it on your own machine as standalone application. It will start and run faster if you do that. It will also work safely even if you have disabled Java in your browser.

This Applet will help you find out where in your Java, C, C++, Pascal, Modula etc. source code you have mismatched {} [] (). It works by displaying your program with coloured backgrounds that encode the nesting. By eyeballing the colours, you can quickly see anomalous patterns, and find where the problem is.

It does not modify your original program in any way. You copy/paste a program, or a piece of a program, into this Applet/application hybrid then click Paste.

There is a program called MASMBalancer that does an analogous task for MASM (Microsoft Assembler) Microsoft assembler.

  1. Copy Java, C, C++, Pascal, Modula etc. source code with possibly unbalanced {}[]() into the clipboard from your editor or IDE (Integrated Development Environment). In Windows use Ctrl-C.
  2. Then click Paste to paste it into this program.
  3. Anomalies in the background colours of the code should help you quickly find the error.
Due to a bug in Oracle’s code that I cannot figure out how to bypass, if you move away from this page in your browser and come back, this Applet will no longer work. You must exit the browser and restart to make it work again.
Applet failed to run. No Java 1.7 or later plug-in found.

Colours

The BraceBalancer program works by marking up your program with HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). Java has quite a few bugs rendering HTML. You may notice lines improperly collapsed together. To view the marked up code accurately, use the export button, export to a *.html file and view it with your browser.

Java Requirements and Troubleshooting

BraceBalancer is a signed Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) to Brace Balancer. You are welcome to install it on your own website. If it does not work…
  1. For this Applet hybrid to work, you must click grant/accept/always run on this site/I accept the risk to give it permission to allow BraceBalancer to accept data fram the clipboard. If you refuse to grant permission, the program may crash with an inscrutable stack dump on the console complaining about AccessController.checkPermission.
  2. In the Java Control Panel security tab, click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security, configure medium security to allow self-signed and vanilla unsigned applets to run. If medium is not available, or if Java security is blocking you from running the program, configure high security and add http://mindprod.com to the Exception Site List at the bottom of the security tab.
  3. Often problems can be fixed simply by clicking the reload button on your browser.
  4. Make sure you have both JavaScript and Java enabled in your browser.
  5. Make sure the Java in your browser is enabled in the security tab of the Java Control panel. Click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security ⇒ Enable Java Content in the browser.
  6. This signed Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) needs 32-bit or 64-bit Java 1.7 or later. For best results use the latest 1.8.0_25 Java.
  7. You also need a recent browser.
  8. It works under any operating system that supports Java e.g. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, Linux, LinuxARM, LinuxX86, LinuxX64, Ubuntu, Solaris, SolarisSPARC, SolarisSPARC64, SolarisX86, SolarisX64 and OSX
  9. You should see the Applet hybrid above looking much like this screenshot. If you don’t, the following hints should help you get it working:
  10. Optionally, you may permanently install the Canadian Mind Products code-signing certificate so you don’t have to grant each time.
  11. If the above Applet hybrid appears to freeze-up, click Alt-Esc repeatedly to check for any buried permission dialog box.
  12. If you have certificate troubles, check the installed certificates and remove or update any obsolete or suspected defective certificates. The only certificate used by this program is mindprodcert2014dsa.cer.
  13. Especially if this Applet hybrid has worked before, try clearing the browser cache and rebooting.
  14. To ensure your Java is up to date, check with Wassup. First, download it and run it as an application independent of your browser, then run it online as an Applet to add the complication of your browser.
  15. If the above Applet hybrid does not work, check the Java console for error messages.
  16. If the above Applet hybrid does not work, you might have better luck with the downloadable version available below.
  17. If you are using Mac OS X and would like an improved Look and Feel, download the QuaQua look & feel from randelshofer.ch/quaqua. UnZip the contained quaqua.jar and install it in ~/Library/Java/Extensions or one of the other ext dirs.
  18. Upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer or another browser.
  19. Click the Information bar, and then click Allow blocked content. Unfortunately, this also allows dangerous ActiveX code to run. However, you must do this in order to get access to perfectly-safe Java Applets running in a sandbox. This is part of Microsoft’s war on Java.
  20. Try upgrading to a more recent version of your browser, or try a different browser e.g. Chrome, Firefox, SeaMonkey, Opera, Safari or Avant.
  21. If you still can’t get the program working click the red HELP button below for more detail.
  22. If you can’t get the above Applet hybrid working after trying the advice above and from the red HELP button below, have bugs to report or ideas to improve the program or its documentation, please send me an email atemail Roedy Green.
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BraceBalancer
1.3 2012-03-23 free Java
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for the current version of BraceBalancer.
helps find unbalanced {} [] () in Java, C, C++, Pascal, Modula etc. source code.
download 1,045K zip for BraceBalancer Java source, compiled class files, jar and documentation to run on your own machine either as an application or an Applet.

Runs on any OS that supports Java e.g. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, Linux, LinuxARM, LinuxX86, LinuxX64, Ubuntu, Solaris, SolarisSPARC, SolarisSPARC64, SolarisX86, SolarisX64 and OSX.

First install the most recent Java.

To install, extract the zip download with WinZip, (or similar unzip utility) into any directory you please, often J:\ — ticking off the use folder names option.

To check out the corresponding source from the Subversion repository, use the TortoiseSVN repo-browser to
access bracebalancer source in repository with [Tortoise] Subversion client on wush.net/svn/mindprod/com/mindprod/bracebalancer/.

After you have installed the jar, you can run it as an application. Type:

java -jar J:\com\mindprod\bracebalancer\bracebalancer.jar

adjusting as necessary to account for where the jar file is.

download ASP PAD XML program description for the current version of BraceBalancer.

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BraceBalancer is free. Full source included. You may even include the source code, modified or unmodified in free/commercial open source/proprietary programs that you write and distribute. Non-military use only.
 
 
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