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JDK Installation Polisher


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.

Unlike most of my projects, this one cannot be written in Java. You would have to write in C or C++. Unlike most of my projects, this one is very platform-specific. I will describe it in terms of Windows, but you could implement it for other platforms.

Oracle’s Installer for the JDK (Java Development Kit) or JRE (Java Runtime Environment) does not complete the job. It leaves a number of things for you to do manually:

In addition you might do some additional checks: The program must check the web to see if it is running the latest version. This program will need to be updated every time Oracle releases a new version of the JDK/JRE.
Failed JDK installs
Testing JRE installs

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