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.This project is no longer much of a priority now that Eclipse and Intellij both do an excellent job of import tidying.
There are two questions a maintenance programmer commonly asks:
When I am maintaining other people’s programs, I prefer explicit imports rather than wildcard import on demand. Further, I prefer all variable declarations to be fully qualified in the code body. When I am writing new code, I prefer to use wildcard imports, and unqualified declarations. This makes it easy to use new classes in my code. It takes fewer keystrokes. Others wildly disagree. It would be nice if there were some automatic way to convert my new code style to my maintenance style and back.
These problems could be rectified by a tool that tidied the Java source code to do the following things:
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