Don’t you hate it when your expectations crash?

I just discovered that Checkstyle doesn’t (yet) support Java 1.5. I found myself shocked by this for some reason; the Checkstyle project is such an active and evolving one that I just didn’t think they wouldn’t have put in some 1.5 support yet.

There are feature requests (here and here for this, so I won’t bother adding my two cents. Just thought I’d share this in case someone else had the same delusion I had. 🙂

This is not a gripe that Checkstyle doesn’t have Java 1.5 support yet; you can’t complain about what you get when you get it for free. It simply is to register my amazement. Like I implied with the subject, it’s easy to get very high expectations from the tools produced by the open-source community, and sometimes it takes a shattered expectation or two to remind you that it’s not always going to scratch the itch when you want it scratched.

Oh well: I’ll just ditch Checkstyle for the toy project I’m playing on. It will be interesting to see how conditioned my coding reflexes are now, after 30 months coding with the Checkstyle safety net.

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 20 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 22 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

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