[jsword-devel] I'd like to get started, but where ?

Joe Walker joseph.walker at gmail.com
Sun Oct 17 14:56:05 MST 2004


I think you've had some good advice. I'll add the following:

Bible Desktop, our GUI front-end, uses Swing because we started it
before SWT, so if you wish to get involved in helping with the code
that is there then Swing is a better place to start.

I hope all our code is easily understood, so if you are having trouble
with some part, then please shout - it probably means you've found a
bit that is trickier, and we'd like to make the code easy to maintain,
and easy to maintain means easy to understand.

I think Java will probably give you a hard time for the first week or
2 and you'll feel like giving up because there are just too many
things to learn. But once you get past the initial, near-vertical
lerning curve then gets a lot easier..
Eric mentioned JUnit and Davy mentioned Eclipse as things worth
looking up. I'd like to add Ant and CVS to your list. Eclipse can help
you do the other 3, and particularly CVS becomes 100x easier with


On Sat, 16 Oct 2004 13:14:32 -0400, Jana Lingo <vze3k4rv at verizon.net> wrote:
> hello
> I am intirigued by the projevt and would like to lend a hand, but don't
> how to get started.
> A little bit about me and my skill set:
>         I'm 43, and having been doing software development off and on for 20
> years. I live in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA and am an active member of
> the local Presybyterian church. My recent programming experience has
> been doing COBOL programming on a Unisys(Univac, for the old fogies)
> maiframe. I realized that I needed to update  my skillset, and have
> built a new pc from scrath(dual boot Linux/Windows)> I was looking
> around for something to do,and saw and article about Sword/Bibletime on
> Newsforge. Not to mention that I could be of sevice to the Lord. The
> previous time I tried teaching myself C++ programming, I failed. I did
> some projects a while ack in Object PAL(Paradox) and really liked it. I
> had planned on getting a little bit more up to speeed on all this before
> de-luring myself, but I lost my job on friday. This means i've got lot
> more time and lot les money to do this, but I still feel lead to do it.
> here's where I am so far:
> I have several Java book
> Head First Java http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/hfjava/
> Learning Java  http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnjava2/
> Just Java2
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0131482114/jr_cd-20/104-3291829-9147917
> Ideas/ comments? i looking at a "course" on javaranch.com before
> yesterday, but now the $200 stick in my brain, Do you think it's worth
> it.
> --
> Jana Lingo <vze3k4rv at verizon.net>
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