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PADSite Manager


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.

This project is about writing a suite of software to manage a PADSite, a site that collects PAD (Portable Application Description) descriptions of programs and displays them to the public, and allows the public to visit the author’s website or download the executables. There are hundreds of attempts at doing this, most inept. Visit the hundreds of existing PADSites I have collected in two lists:

Try submitting and browsing and downloading and make a list of features you like and don’t like. I would suggest the following features:

Existing Software to Manage a PADSite

Bayesian spam filtering
PAD file Tidier: student project
PAD spam filter
PadLibrary blacklist: domains that send spam, ads and other objectionable PADs
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