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DVD player


This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

Microsoft’s video player is pathetic if you feed it a scratchy DVD (Digital Video Disc). It will stall, freeze, and sometimes even require a reboot. Your job is to write a stripped down DVD player, that just plays DVD discs. It does not play Internet streams or files. It is robust. It reads ahead quickly 10 minutes or so. If it has trouble, it has time to use the error-correcting codes, so that the correction appears seamlessly without delay. If it cannot correct, it fills in with a still image for correct number of frames.

The control are responsive at all times.

Remember where you were in the last 100 or so DVDs (Digital Video Discs) played, so if the user reinserts that DVD, you can pick up where you left off, even if the player crashed last time.

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