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JRE assumptions in README.TXT

 
Marcos Motta
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Please, help me interpret the following sentence contained in my assignment instructions regarding the README.TXT file:

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How to execute the programs. You must provide exact command-line instructions. If any environmental setup is required, do not just say what needs to be done; provide instructions on how to perform the setup. For example, do not say something like "add server.jar to your classpath".

They are talking about "environmental setup" for my programs, not for the JRE aren't they?
Can I assume that JRE will be correctly installed on the computer where the examiner will run my programs? Do I have to give instructions on how to set the JAVA_HOME, CLASS_PATH, etc?
If I can assume that the JRE is ok, it means that the CLASSS_PATH is correctly configured to the jre/lib directory?
 
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Hi Marcos,
I think we are safe to assume that the examiner will have the Java runtime installed and configured. In my documentation, I explicitly stated that expectation.
My reason for assuming that the examiner will have the Java runtime installed are: Although it is widely assumed that the examiner will try and run in the same environment that you developed on, this is never stated by Sun. Given that the examiner could be running on any operating system, how could you possibly write instructions on installing the Java runtime?
They are talking about "environmental setup" for my programs, not for the JRE aren't they?

Exactly. You only need to document any environmental setup required for your programs. I didnt need any environmental setup to run my applications, so I didnt have to document anything.
Regards, Andrew
 
Marcos Motta
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Thanks Andrew
 
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