Having learnt the language now what?

Lots of people set out to learn a language, take a course and then at the end of it don’t know what to do next. They don’t feel they are a coder, they still can’t do anything of substance. We all go through this. There is a chasm between knowing a programming language and being able to do things with it. The next step is to learn to write an application. Continue reading “Having learnt the language now what?”

Why do you want to be a programmer? The raw ingredients

I see lots of posts around the web about people who are interested in learning to program.  From the questions they ask you can tell they have aspirations to be the next best thing since sliced bread.  While all of this unharnessed enthusiasm is great we all need a sense of reality.  So, what does it take to be a programmer?

Compass and map – Photo by Himesh Kumar Behera on Unsplash

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Wrap Java into an executable with Launch4J

A few years ago I set out to produce examples of desktop applications written in Java because I could find so few examples on the web.

The idea was to write a complete self contained application and package it up into an executable program that a user could install and click to run.  The tool I chose to wrap the Java byte code up into an executable was Launch4J.  To see where to get this tool and how to install read on Continue reading “Wrap Java into an executable with Launch4J”

Java Executables

One of the challenges when writing Desktop applications in Java has always been deployment.  The write once run code anywhere concept has always been attractive but it has been the running of the code which has traditionally been the stumbling block.

Over the years there have been many solutions developed to overcome these challenges.  Continue reading “Java Executables”