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Blog Archive for tball during March 2005

A few months ago I was interviewing at another company (they called during a bad week :-) and one interviewer pulled the classic "find the hidden bug in some tricky code" stunt. In the past I have played along with this nonsense, but this time I refused to find the one bug and instead rewrote the whole method in a simpler way. This led to a long argument on why I refactored the code -- it turns...
I've been running NetBeans for several months on 5.0. Today I built the development version of 4.1 from scratch and then ran it. The IDE was slower and ugly, and I thought "oh no, what have they broken?" Then I realized what I did ("Doh!"): the build requires that you set your JAVA_HOME to 1.4, and I forgot to reset back to 5.0 before running it. What a difference the new JDK makes!...
As earlier readers have probably figured, I'm working on automated Java refactoring technology these days. It's becoming a crowded field with some really good tools already out there, but since I'm a normal software engineer I know I can do better. As Alexander Pope stated, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread," and as my family will attest, I am no angel. Now that the Jackpot engine is...