Mike Simmons wrote:Perhaps it's time to update the instructions so they ask the user to download a JDK that is more readily available,
like maybe something here. I suppose if you really want to, it's possible to find more ancient JDK versions. But you have to skip past several messages suggesting you use something less cobwebby. I suggest the Cattle Drive instructions should maybe either link to a modern JDK, or at least give a better link to the specific now-deprecated JDK that you want people to use. If you opt for the former, it would be helpful to add instructions on how to compile with the -source flag in order to (a) eliminate pesky generics warnings, and (b) actually do what Katrina just asked: " ensure that they would compile as Java 1.4." Well, there are more complicated library issues too I suppose, but the biggest source of friction at the moment is that you're asking people to use a restricted subset of the language, without clear instructions on how to achieve this.
Note that it's probably worthwhile to check other links in the instructions to verify whether they're still current, and useful. There's at least one other problem ("Sun's JDK class documentation") just on the intro page; I haven't tried the later pages.