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Disclaimer

This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

The problem with this project is that not that many websites need it. You would have difficulty getting them to include your code even if it would greatly improve their site. To understand this project, have a look at the ANT (A Neat Tool) download page. If offers you 14 different mirrors to download the ANT package. However, the page gives you no clue which one would work best. Which one is best?

What your servlet must do is sort the possibilities in order, taking the above conditions into account. These can then be displayed on the screen for the user to make the final selection. It is important to get only the first two or three mirrors in order. The rest can be approximate.

Servlet

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on the web at:

http://mindprod.com/project/bestmirror.html

Optional Replicator mirror
of mindprod.com
on local hard disk J:

J:\mindprod\project\bestmirror.html
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