i have this program i am almost done with. it answers half of the questions, and solves half the problems i see in this forum. i have only one more feature before i am done with it(save file). when i finish i would like to post it so you don't have to answer the same thing all the time. i could just post it but it would be gone in a few days. i want to share. it answers such things as: how to add image to panel, how to draw on panel, how to use JFileChooser, how to use ImageIO, how to make menu, how to use dialogs, and more. like i said i want to share. since Microsoft paint is ten times as sophisticated as my poor program, it's not like i am giving up secrets. it may not be perfect, but it is well written(IMO). it is java2 but hey! so what should i do to share what i have learned?
Randall: As you have seen, questions posted on JavaRanch can be quite specific and finding
answers in your program (even if it is well documented) may be too difficult for someone
struggling with a particular problem. Maybe it would work better to use your program as
a library of examples that you can pull from and post as part of your answer to someone's
question. What do you think?
i agree that is a good idea, and i will do that as my wifi connect allows. i was just thinking that a posted program that does all that GUI stuff might help. especially since they could compile and run it.
> i would like to post it so you don't have to answer the same thing all the time.
even if you posted the best program ever written,
it would rarely br read.
99% of posts have been asked and answered 100's,
possibly 1000's, of times previously, yet
the posters refuse to do some research,
instead prefering to post a question, put
their feet up on the desk, and wait for someone
to hand them the answer on a platter
For examples and programs and other similar things, I use my blog. It doesn't really guarantee that someone else will read it and find helpful, but chances are good that whenever someone googles for a similar topic, he might end up on your blog and find it useful. The other advantage is, the next time I forget how a particular thing has to be implemented, I know I can just go back to my blog and see how I had done it. Given that the forum topics are more of Q & A in nature, posting such examples doesn't really fit in well (not discouraging you but that's how it is) As for creating a blog, it's not really a big deal since you can create your own blog for free.
To prevent a post from disappearing we would need to make your thread sticky. However, if we do that with your thread, we would need to do it to all similar threads. In the end, the entire first page of threads would be filled with sticky posts.
I don't know how the rest of our staff feels about it, but perhaps you can create one or more FAQ entries instead.
after thinking it over i have come to a couple of conclusions. people don't learn much from copy/paste/edit. and if an example were enough, the tutorials would suffice. i will just help out as i can with questions and problems i have solved already.