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Thread: Trying to Figure out Packages

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    Default Trying to Figure out Packages

    After awhile I learned how to use multiple class files instead of having a huge singular file and now I'm trying to figure out how to keep organized with all my class files. I've looked up packages and read the official tutorial, although a few of the words threw me off I managed to figure out a few things. My question is, am I using packages properly?

    File structure:

    thing Folder
    -> enemy Folder
    -> functions Folder
    -> player Folder
    -> skills Folder

    Thing Folder is the main folder and then all the others are within the thing folder.

    For Creature.java within the enemy folder the first line is "package thing.enemy;", all of the other .java files in the other folders are similarly named; they all start with Thing then they go to the next folder and sometimes even one after that so some files have "package thing.skills.cooking;".

    When I want to use, for example, Rolls.java from the functions folder I'd write "import thing.functions.Rolls;" in the class that I want to use Rolls in.

    Is this how to properly use packages or am I doing something wrong?


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    Default Re: Trying to Figure out Packages

    Seems pretty reasonable to me. Although you might want to resist the urge to overly-package your code.
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    Default Re: Trying to Figure out Packages

    Thanks for checking and for the advice. ^.^ I had to get a second opinion because when I tried using Netbeans for the first time a few minutes ago it had every single package line underlined saying that it was wrong, I guess it's just because of some weird Netbeans thing I didn't know. =P

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    Default Re: Trying to Figure out Packages

    Just make sure that your directories match up to your packages exactly. I don't know about netbeans, but eclipse doesn't like it when you modify the project outside of the IDE, so if you're creating the package directories manually outside netbeans, try refreshing the project to make sure it sees the changes.
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