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==Why at all?==
 
==Why at all?==
Remembering XML tags is a bit like having goldfish: annoying and fruitless. That's how I feel anyway.
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I've actually been quite surprised by the number of people who have downloaded this app. Since it wasn't particularly hard to make and required almost no special knowledge, expertise or ingenuity, the fact that no one had attempted such an app before-hand suggested to me that no one felt the need for it. But I'm happy as long as at least one person finds it useful (whether or not you let me know about this doesn't really matter to me: this app wasn't so much an act of generosity as it was a personal aid).
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I always like to solve problems with programs, however small. An hour of my time is well invested if it saves you and me time scrambling around looking for XML tags. Obviously a template file stored somewhere on your system or simply copy-and-pasting an old XML file would be adequate, but I feel this is a somewhat more elegant solution.
  
 
==Note==
 
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Revision as of 22:47, 3 November 2008

HBCXMLGen
General
Author(s)pinecone
TypePC utility
Version0.0.1r2
LicenseBSD
Links
[[[1] or for Macs: [2]|Download]]
Source


What It Does

What it says on the tin. This program automatically generates the XML file needed to add a homebrew app to the HBC.

Newsflash!

App finally (should) work! Very embarrassing error on my part.

Why Java?

Some grimace at this. Java is quick to create UIs in and works on almost any machine.

Why at all?

I've actually been quite surprised by the number of people who have downloaded this app. Since it wasn't particularly hard to make and required almost no special knowledge, expertise or ingenuity, the fact that no one had attempted such an app before-hand suggested to me that no one felt the need for it. But I'm happy as long as at least one person finds it useful (whether or not you let me know about this doesn't really matter to me: this app wasn't so much an act of generosity as it was a personal aid).

I always like to solve problems with programs, however small. An hour of my time is well invested if it saves you and me time scrambling around looking for XML tags. Obviously a template file stored somewhere on your system or simply copy-and-pasting an old XML file would be adequate, but I feel this is a somewhat more elegant solution.

Note

Mac OSX users have the choice of downloading either the normal version or the brand new Mac OSX version. It's the same .jar file, but it's wrapped in a nice installer that puts it in your applications folder, creates and alias and checks that the JRE is installed.

The one interesting part of the source is the code which determines the OS of the host system and executes a command accordingly. In this case, it opens a text editor. If there are any beginner Java programmers who may be interested in this: don't hesitate to drop me a message on my Discussion page or on the IRC (although I'm not on it most of the time).

I'd like to thank everyone for being so helpful in helping me find the very stupid mistake I made (more information on the Discussion page). Any comments/bugs/requests/ideas/rantings can be posted on the Discussion page as usual.

Also, feel free to correct any spelling errors. I am a ruthlessly scrappy typist.

Be sure to...

Check out the Discussions page. If you're having trouble running the app, chances are someone else is too...