How to execute Visual Basic from JAVA ? – part 1

I’m facing a common programming problem. I’m on my windows machine and I have a software package which run fine form my needs but it is not available in JAVA… how to integrate it in my JAVA program ?

First there is connectors to run activeX of other microsoft tech from JAVA, my way is to use directly VB from JAVA with a shell command.

Everyone know that there is a visual basic embedded in microsoft office. So the strategy is to launch a word to make the VB code run…

To launch word, here the easy way :

String sCmd ;
sCmd = “notepad ” + “c:\\temp\\test.txt” ;
try {
Runtime.getRuntime().exec(sCmd);
} catch (IOException e) {
e.printStackTrace();
}

In our next article we will see how to start VB… greetings.

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Diary of my switch to ubuntu 8.10…

Remember last year post :

https://pierrekoerber.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/diary-of-my-switch-to-kubuntu/

After giving up because facing some wireless troubles, I did it again… The fact is that after one year of moderate use, my old laptop was completely unusable. WinXp was so slow, I read a lot of articles of how to boost an XP system but, what a big job and you know I haven’t so much time. I’m using an old Dell Inspirion 9200, with hh 60 gigas and 700 of RAM.

I burned the 8.10 version on a CD and went on to the installation.

The installation process went perfectly. After that I should connected my laptop to internet with the internal network car. After that ubuntu proposed me to upgrade the installation. After a reboot (like in the windows world) the system has auto-detected my internal wireless card and proposed to me the right native driver. (what a luck). I was beginning to try to install the NDIS Wrapper… but how lucky to bypass this challenge.

After installing the must-have application, I have a brand new laptop… the feeling is that the hardware is responding like a brand new PC. The interface is pretty good, and it’s really a pleasure to work with ubuntu. If like me you have an old laptop, you should try to make it young again with ubuntu.

My test is superficial, for the moment I haven’t done serious use of open-office product and so on… but we will see.

Greetings !

Optimize or not optimize your program ?

Should we optimize our programs ?

Of course it is the goal of clever programming, but there is time where it is not useful, particullary when the code will become harder to maintain.

What the goal of a modern programmer ?

One goal of programming today is to focus on the higher part of the cost of softwares. This is clearly the maintaining part which should be keep to the minimal.

Greetings.