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- From: David Brownell <db@Eng.Sun.COM>
- To: Rob Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 21:17:21 -0800
Rob Williams wrote:
> What do you mean by helper methods? You mean taking Jack's suggestion and
> just writing a little method that is going to wrap the newline and post the
> field value all in one fell swoop? That does look good; I mainly wanted to
> see what seasoned vets of this stuff were doing before I started rewriting.
Yes -- so you make one call to the method that does those several
things, rather than several calls to primitive methods.
"Helper Subroutines" (or methods, or macros, or what have you) are
a good idiom to use whenever you find yourself repeating code.
p.s. Since at least some of that code was there to deal with an
issue much like prettyprinting, try grabbing the new release
of the library: http://java.sun.com/jdc/earlyAccess/xml
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