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Making Windows find JARs like it finds EXEs and CMDs

After more than a decade in the Java universe, today I had just enough of remembering where my executable JARs are located and typing all the lengthy path names, so I finally taught Windows to deal with Java archives just the same way as it deals with it#039;s native executables EXE and CMD. The trick is so simple that I actually do not understand why the JRE installer isn#039;t applying it automatically to prevent everybody from reinventing the wheel. Nobody wants to type so much Two ofnbsp;my most needed programs when coding on Windows, even in the Eclipse era,nbsp;are the Command Line Interface (CLI) and the Text Editor. As programmers always are in a hurry, and as I am faster in typing than in clicking, I typically start those by entering their respective binary image names at the start line (thanks Microsoft for not completely dropping it even in Windows 7). After decades of Windows, I meanwhile know that those images arenbsp;%WINDIR%\System32\cmd.exe and %WINDIR%\System32\notepad.exe. In fact, this was not always the case. I can remember that before Windows NT it was not cmd.exe but COMMAND.COM (which actually still is existing even on Windows 7). But actually, I never typed the complete path, and I typically do not type the extension.nbsp;Actually I don#039;t care where to find the program, and I don#039;t care whether the image is an EXE, COM, CMD or whatever. ...


Date: December, 29 2010
Url: http://www.java.net/blog/mkarg/archive/2010/12/29/making-windows-find-jars-it-finds-exes-a


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