make : Java Glossary


A utility that figures out which classes need recompiling and submits them to the compiler. A make utility is unnecessary in Java. You just pass everything to javac.exe and it figures out for itself what needs recompiling. What if everything won’t fit on the command line? Use the interface to javac.exe. Then you can pass it a command line as long as you want. There is no need to resort to make. This technique is much faster than using make because the javac.exe compiler gets loaded into RAM (Random Access Memory) only once, not once per class.

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