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finding closest point

 
Yundi Li, Daniel
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i wanna implement a operation that calculate a closest point to a Line from one point.
the signature of the operation should be
public Point getClosestPoint(Point p1, Point p2, Point target);
the point 1 and point 2 form a line , the method should return a point on the line that is closest to the target.
I just use some stupid method to do that.
Anyone have smart algoirthem or method to do it ?
Thanks for your help
 
Jim Yingst
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Please don't post the same question in multiple forums - other posters may waste their time replying to something that has already been answered elsewhere. Continue the discussion here. Thanks.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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