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From "Wagoner, Mark" <MWago...@wildflavors.com>
Subject RE: Simple WAR files
Date Fri, 30 Aug 2002 15:55:18 GMT
Personal preference I suppose.  I, personally, almost gave up trying to
teach myself Java using the notepad/javac/System.out.println routine.  Once
I was able to step through the code in the debugger (and get something to
actually work) I started to appreciate Java.  I guess I need that instant
gratification.  ;o)

I would hate to guess how long it would have taken me to get my first
servlet to work using the manual method.  But different people learn in
different ways.

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter T. Abplanalp [mailto:pta@psaconsultants.com]
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 11:50 AM
To: 'Tomcat Users List'
Subject: Re: Simple WAR files


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On Fri, Aug 30, 2002 at 11:41:19AM -0400, Wagoner, Mark wrote:
> I would use an IDE like Netbeans or Forte to get started.  It will do most
> of this for you, including packaging the entire app into a WAR file.

no offense but i recommend /not/ doing this.  the ide's do a lot of
stuff behind the scenes that you may not understand.  if you really
want to understand the process, do it manually.  once you can do
simple things manually, you can switch to an ide because you now know
what the ide is doing under the covers.

> Once you go through the process within the IDE it starts to make much more
> sense.

once you start creating large complicated applications, ide's make
sense because they take some of the manual labor out of the process.

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Peter Abplanalp

Email:   pta@psaconsultants.com
PGP:     pgp.mit.edu
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