How to structure packages

Littlefield, Tyler tyler at tysdomain.com
Sat Sep 10 16:04:24 CEST 2011


On 9/10/2011 4:11 AM, Nobody wrote:
> On Fri, 09 Sep 2011 11:37:44 +1000, Chris Angelico wrote:
>
>>> The Java compiler also acts as a "make" program. If it doesn't find
>>> a .class file for a needed class, it will search for the corresponding
>>> .java file and compile that. So to compile a complex program, you only
>>> need to compile the top-level file (e.g. HelloWorld.java), and it will
>>> compile everything which is required. No Makefile is needed, as the
>>> relationship between classes, object files and source files is fixed.
>>>
>> If that's the entire benefit, then I think this is a rather hefty
>> price to pay for the elimination of a makefile.
> It also eliminates the need for TAGS files, browser database (PDB) files,
> etc. Once you know the class name, all of the filenames follow from that.
>
> I suspect that the one-to-one correspondence between classes and .class
> files is mostly technical (e.g. Java's security model). The one-to-one
> correspondence between class files and source files could probably be
> relaxed, but at the expense of complicating the IDE and toolchain.
>
> I never saw it as a problem, given that Java is fundamentally class-based:
> there are no global variables or functions, only classes.
>
Sure there are no global variables, but having one class per file is one 
of the big things I hate about Java. Sure it keeps things organized, but 
that's a bit to much for me.



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