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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 is a simple project. It requires almost no user interface.

In Java source code, in theory it does not matter if you say public static final or final static public, but if you follow the usual convention, other people will able to read your code more easily. Here is the preferred order:

[ public | protected | private ]
static
abstract
synchronized
[ transient | volatile ]
final
native
[ int | long | String | class | enum | interface etc. ]

Your job is to tidy a Java tree of source code into the preferred order. You don’t need to fully parse the source code since these are reserved words. You can tidy comments too.

You could, in theory do this with a great string of Funduc Search and Replace scripts, but you can do it all in one pass with a bit of Java code.

You might use com.mindprod.filter. CommandLine to find trees of Java source code files for you.

Funduc Search and Replace
Java Canonicaliser project
JavaCC
parser

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