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Volker Schnitzer

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Recent posts by Volker Schnitzer

Can someone recommend a good development tool for beginners? I just finished a 5 week java class. We were using JBuilder. One of the students suggested that eclipse is actually better. Another opinion I heard was that IntelliJ is one of the best. Is there any that already incorporates the new features of the Tiger version?
15 years ago
I understand there are hundreds of packages and many more classes in these packages that can be used for all kinds of programming tasks. I have seen listings that list the "most important ones" etc. Is there something like an official complete listing of all the packages and classes and perhaps even methods in the classes? And what would be a good way to find a class or method for a specific task or problem I am thinking about?
16 years ago
How does Jakarta compare with Apache and Tomcat. What are the strengths and weaknesses of either?
I haven't had the chance yet to get more familiar with regular expressions. I have heard the complaint that regular expressions in Jave are not as integrated into the language and as convenient to use as in Ruby. Is that complaint justified, and if so, is Jave trying to catch up and make the use of regular expressions more user-friendly?
16 years ago
I am studying right now for the Java programmer's certification test. I have heard that there are at least four different java related certifications. Is there a recommended sequence as to which ones to take first, and where does the enterprise developer test fit in?

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I have been reading the reviews on amazon.com. Some are quite negative, some very positive. What impressed me, though, is the emphasis on design patterns and best practices. This is often not given enough attention. Large programs can be maintained so much easier even after they have been changed and added on, if these principles are given the proper attention from the very beginning on.
Volker
16 years ago
All these different acronyms can be confusing. What about Jxta? Isn't that also related to web programming? Or would that be a subject by itself.
Volker
16 years ago
I have read somewhere about an "IBM webfacing tool" that is supposed to be a part of websphere and converts existing data description specifications (DDS) into Java artifacts that can be deployed in an application server. Is there anything about that in the book, or am I going a bit off the main subject here?

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16 years ago
One reader on amazon.com who gives his feedback laments that SWT is not covered. He preferred SWT over AWT. I am not yet an advanced mobile application developer. What exactly is the difference between SWT and AWT, and why is SWT better, or is this a matter of opinion?

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16 years ago
I am trying to keep up with these recent developments in the way programming and database design are done. I am a little bit confused if there is a difference between agile and XP. It appears that sometimes these terms are being used interchangeably. And is UML related to this as well?
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I heard that some artificial intelligence is covered in the book. This really excites me. I was always wandering how to employ this in Java. I heard some things about rule based systems or rule engines, also neural networks. I have not had the chance yet to go deep into these subjects. Are there any preferred methods for certain fields, and what would be a good example for an AI application in Java?
16 years ago