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developerWorks: Improve Your Development Processes

Aug 20, 2003, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Have you found your compilation phase to be slow? Does javac take too long? Then try the Jikes compiler to add that extra 'zing' when creating .class files. That's the all new, extra-fresh Jikes, with complete Java source support. (May cause VerifyError, not all javac options supported, bytecode may not be as advertised, and your performance may vary. Always read the manual before use.)

"OK, so the discussions at the JavaRanch about Jikes weren't quite as direct as our homemade advert here, but several readers definitely suggested that the Jikes Java compiler was designed for speedy compilation. That's useful to know, especially for projects with many files to compile. Beware, though, that while Jikes can help speed up your development process, you are probably better off doing your final compilation with the compiler that comes with the JVM that you will be using in production. Things can be different enough across JVM versions that problems can occur when using compilers that are different from their JVMs..."

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