Wednesday, May 21, 2003

A Simple Extensible Command-Line Interpreter in Java

I've found that command-line interpreters are useful tools. Especially interpreter's that can read commands from both files and keyboard. I've used such interpreter's for printer manipulation, database and object creation, and other tasks. I can hear someone saying, 'Use Ant', but creating Ant tasks can be a daunting proposition at first. So the class presented here is simple, simple, simple so that beginning java developers can use it.

This simple command-line interpreter is extensible and easy-to-use as shown in test code below. The source code for the command line class is about 500 lines and is available at
package com.affy.utils.cmdline;

import java.util.Vector;

 * This class shows how the CommandLine class
 * can be used. It initialized a CommandLine object
 * and defines a FOO command. Notice that this class
 * (CommandLineTest) acts as both test harness and
 * command executor. When run, you'll be presented with
 * a command-line prompt. Type 'foo bar baz' and you'll
 * see the output from the doIt() method. Type 'aaa aaa aaa'
 * and you'll see an error message. Command-line parameters
 * with spaces need to be quoted.
 * @author medined
 * Created on May 20, 2003
public class CommandLineTest 
implements CommandLine.ICommand {

	 * Shows how to use the CommandLine class.
	 * @param args The command-line parameters
	 * @throws FileNotFoundException
	public static void main(String[] args) 
	throws FileNotFoundException {
		// This technique of reading from either 
		// a script file or
		// from the console was 'borrowed' from BeanShell.
		Reader inputSrc = null;
		if ( args.length > 0 ) {
			inputSrc = new BufferedReader(
				new FileReader(args[0])
		} else {
			inputSrc = new InputStreamReader(;

		// initialize the command line object.
		CommandLine jr = new CommandLine();
		jr.setCommandLinePrompt("Command> ");
		jr.setCommandLineVersion("Command Line v.01");
		if ( args.length > 0 ) {

		// parse and execute commands.
		jr.parseStream(new StreamTokenizer(inputSrc));


	 * This method is invoked when the FOO command is
	 * used.
	public boolean doIt(Vector v) {
			"Inside CommandLineTest.doIt(); v=" 
			+ v
		return true;

Tuesday, May 20, 2003


This is my new blogchalk:
United States, Virginia, Arlington, Pentagon City, English, David, Male, 36-40, Wine, Food. :)

Monday, May 19, 2003

I'm back in the states. My marketing trip to France seemed successful. Part of my long-term plans include making contacts in the Wine Tourism sector. I believe this trip accomplished this goal by providing an introduction to well-regarded Wine Writer, Robin Garr and to two food and wine tour operators. Additionally, I met a winery owner from Canada and several business owners from across the United States.

Thursday, May 08, 2003

I'll be out of the country and unreachable via email from May 9th to May 18th.

Saturday, May 03, 2003

O'Reilly First to Adopt Founders' Copyright

Technology publisher O'Reilly & Associates has launched the latest of its initiatives to shake up the intellectual property establishment. At the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference today, founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly announced his company's commitment to applying the Founders' Copyright to O'Reilly books. Read more at

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Java; Database; C-JDBC: Clustered JDBC

C-JDBC provides a flexible architecture that allows you to achieve scalability, high availability and failover with your database tiers. C-JDBC instantiates the concept of RAIDb : Redundant Array of Inexpensive Databases. The database is distributed and replicated among several nodes and C-JDBC load balance the queries between these nodes.