Using the Squint Library
Most of the example programs presented in ths course depends on
code included in a library named Squint. The features of this
library are summarized in the
collection of Squint Javadoc pages.
The library is installed on all the machines in the computer
science department's Macintosh laboratories (TCL 217 and 216).
If you wish to run example programs on your own machine, you
can download the latest version of the library file,
squintV2.12.jar (last updated on 7/17/08).
In addition to squintV2.12.jar, you will need to install a programming
development system on your computer. BlueJ, the system we
use in class and lab is freely available for both Macs and PCs.
You can download a copy from the
BlueJ web site.
You will also find instructions for installing BlueJ on
your machine at that site.
Once BlueJ is installed and running on your machine, you have
to tell it where to find the copy of squintV2.12.jar that you
downloaded. The steps required to do this are described in
Section 9.10 of the
BlueJ Environment Reference Manual and
Finally, if you want to copy work you have completed in our lab to
your own machine (or vice versa) you can transfer files using
any client that supports the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
A popular SFTP client for MacOS X is Fugu. Window users will probably
want to use SSH. The good people at Claremont McKenna College provide
very nice instructions (including pretty screen shots) on obtaining and using
SSH for Windows or
Fugu for the Mac. Where they tell their students to enter to
students.mckenna.edu, you should instead use cortland.cs.williams.edu.
Similarly, where their instructions say to enter a "mckenna" account, just
use the user id (and password)
you would enter to log in at the beginning of lab. You can, however,
use port 22 just as their instructions say you should.
- Start the BlueJ application.
- Open the "Preferences" dialog (by selecting the "Preferences item in
the "BlueJ" menu).
- Click once on the "Libraries" tab in the preferences dialog.
- Click "Add".
- Navigate using the dialog that appears to find the squint jar file
on your disk, then click "Choose".
- BlueJ will warn you that you need to quit to make the change take
effect, but first click "OK" a few times.
- Quit and restart BlueJ.