I'm attempting an installation of some software that I'm supposed to be an expert on in a few weeks. (Probably not the best project to be taking up on a Friday afternoon, but that's beside the point.) I'm reading through the installation documentation, and it tells me that I need to have one of three application servers installed in order to run the software. Three are listed, one of which is the JBoss Application Server. It being the cheapest (it's free), I figure we'll go with that one.
So, I'm reading the installation instructions for the JBoss Application Server, and it's fairly simple (unzip it into its own directory, and try running it). Then I get to this line:
The only additional requirement to run JBoss is to have an up-to-date version of Java on your machine. JBoss 4.0 requires at least a Java 1.4 or Java 1.5 JVM. (the JDK is no longer required to run JBoss) You should also make sure the JAVA_HOME environment variable is set to point to your JDK installation.
OK, so I don't need the JDK, but the JAVA_HOME environment variable needs to be set to point to it....OK....
This morning, for some inexplicable reason, I was thinking about the old guys that were the backbone of the computer business for so long. I knew one in particular who, at appropriate moments (typically after a liquid lunch), would pull a wire board out of his desk drawer and say, "You know, in my day, we used to have to wire these things to write a program!"
I just realized that he had it easy.