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Generating LGPL notices with Python support

When we started developing JFileContentManager, we didn’t even think to release it as an open-source project. So, when we finished the project, I particularly thought about this idea, because I was very interested in participating on an community involving project. So, we decided to release it under the LGPL licence, because we wanted the project audience to be wider as possible. But, before turning it public, we needed to add the LGPL license term to every Java file of the project.
Opening and editing each Java class, one by one, would be a tedious task, taking a lot of time and adding up to the fact I’m very interested on learning dynamic languages (like Python, Ruby), I developed a Python script to automate this task for us. Our Python code is intended to open each Java file, adding the license term on the start of the file as a Java comment and writing it to the disk. The script is as follows:

License is a Python multiline string, denoted by the triple-quotes. The main action begins with the os.walk() expression that walks every file in the directory, entered by the user as a comannd line argument, like this:

where ${path} defines user project root directory. The list comprehension syntax produces the full path of each of the Java files. When the match is found, the file is opened and its content is assigned to the variable content. So, the License string is added to the start of the file and the file is then written to the disk. The print statements use a redirection syntax, for example: print >>f, License + "\n" + content. The ‘>>f’ sends the results to f rather than the console. So, this Python script helped our team to release the project early and at the same time automated the task of adding the LGPL notices. I think Python is very useful for these kind of tasks. And you?

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Annoucing JFileContentManager 1.2!

A new version of JFileContentManager has been released! Below are the changes release:

  • The tree UI component was corrected to reflect the zip hierarchy content;
  • Added support to show the contents of:
    • Java files
    • Properties files
    • Shell script files
    • XHTML / HTML files
    • XML files
  • The About Dialog has been integrated with JDIC;

Check this out!

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JFileContentManager has been released!

JFileContentManager is a Java based file manager desktop application, it can show, edit and manipulate the content of the files archived inside a zip.
Showing a simple and friendly GUI, the user can see the content archived inside a zip file in a tree view way, select one file per time and see their content (either text or image). It’s also possible to reopen the last opened zip files through the history option on the file menu.

Below are the current features:

  • See the zip files’ list in a tree view way;
  • Select one by one of the files and see their content (either text or image);
  • Open the last four opened zip files through the history option on the file menu and
  • Download the bundled executable Jar.

and future goals:

  • Support other file formats, like .tar, .tgz, .tar.gz, .gzip, .rar, .7z.
  • Edit the content of a text file;
  • Save the edition etiher inside the opened zip or at another location on the disk;
  • Select one or more files and zip them together;
  • Edit the image’s file content with the help of a picture toolbar and
  • Bundle the project in Java Web Start.

The project is released under the LGPL license. Misfit, rnaufal and roddy will be very proud and happy if you take a look at this project, running the application, downloading the source code on SVN and commenting about it. Thanks and enjoy!

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