Kudos to Jakarta Commons FileUpload

(Back in 2003 I ran a moderately popular tech blog on the Radio UserLand platform. This is an archived version of a post from that blog. You can view an index of all the archived posts.)

Monday, 15 September 2003

Recently Ted and Jason blogged on an old complaint: open source projects aren't well documented.

In a curious coincidence, at the same time I had an very positive experience with open source documentation. Being a Jakarta Commons committer, and having done my share of multipart/form-data parsing in the past, I was vaguely familiar with Commons FileUpload but hadn't had much cause to look into it until recently. Not only does it feature an easy-to-use API that works like a charm, the Using FileUpload page tells one everything he needs to know to get up and running in minutes.

Granted FileUpload addresses a pretty limited domain, and not all the documentation is as complete, but I can't remember the last time I picked up a Java library and started using it without even cracking open the JavaDocs.


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