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Arachnophilia is a Web page development workshop and general programming tool.

Arachnophilia is CareWare.

Arachnophilia is a Web page development workshop and general programming tool.

Documentation and Download
Release Notes for Version 5.3

Please complete all the steps in the list below (don't leave anything out):

   1. Read "A note about Freeware"

   2. Acquire the Arachnophilia executable.

          * For Windows users more comfortable with automatic installation programs, download the Windows executable installation program Arachnophilia.exe  (1.6 MB) containing the Arachnophilia executable Java JAR file.

          * For all others, download the executable Java JAR file Arachnophilia.jar  (1.5 MB).

   3. Acquire the required Java release 1.5 runtime engine.

      NOTE: I have been getting a number of reports of operational problems from people using the newest Java runtime (1.6). Please avoid this runtime for now. Instead, if you experience any problems, install the 1.5 Java runtime and see if this solves the problems.

          * Click this link to download the required Java runtime engine (needed by those who don't already have a release 1.5).

                Windows users may not want to select this runtime engine to handle applets in MSIE (this choice is offered during installation). Sometimes this reduces Java applet performance on smaller, older machines.

   4. Install Arachnophilia

          * Those who downloaded the Windows install program:

                Run the install executable you downloaded (Arachnophilia.exe), follow the instructions, be sure you have also installed the Java runtime before running Arachnophilia.

          * Those who downloaded the JAR file version:

                Put the JAR file you downloaded (Arachnophilia.jar) anywhere appropriate on your system, be sure you have also installed the Java runtime before running Arachnophilia.

   5. Run Arachnophilia

          * Those who downloaded the Windows install program:

                Click the program icon located at "Start ... Programs ... Arachnophilia ... Arachnophilia"
                This icon can be copied onto the desktop or anywhere else you want.

          * Those who downloaded the JAR file version:

                Open a command console (Linux: shell console), move to the Arachnophilia program directory, type "java -jar Arachnophilia.jar"
                For convenience, this command can be made part of a shell script, and those using X windows can easily make a desktop icon.

The Most Common Question about Arachnophilia

By far the most common question about Arachnophilia, one I answer with great regularity, is "Does Arachnophilia work with ..." (name an operating system). Here is the answer.

    * Arachnophilia is written in the Java computer language.
    * Java is available for nearly every operating systerm in existence, and certainly for all operating systems in common use.
    * Therefore yes, unless you just personally wrote a new operating sysem over the weekend, Arachnophilia works with it.

Why is Arachnophilia now a Java program?
There are several reasons:

   1. Virtually from the day I released the earlier version of Arachnophilia, people on non-Windows systems have been asking for a version for their machines. This new release addresses that need — it will run on virtually any computer.

      Until recently I wrote programs only for Windows, but like many, I have noticed that Microsoft's originally positive behavior and attitude toward its customers has gradually evaporated, replaced by an increasingly fascist policy — greater profit, less time wasted improving its products. Over time, Microsoft's programs have gotten worse — more and more features, less and less internal coherence. But this all pales compared to an apparent Microsoft corporate goal: complete control of the end user's computer. It has recently been discovered that Windows XP users may have parts of their operating system replaced by Microsoft while they are on line, without any overt notification or permission. This change of policy is official — it is in very small print, but Microsoft is not trying to conceal their plans.

      Things are so bad at Microsoft that someone like me can write and give away a program that does things no Microsoft program can do, at any price. This is not a claim that Arachnophilia is a fantastic program, it is more a statement that Microsoft's programs are rapidly drifting toward dreadful.

      Look at it this way. When you download Arachnophilia, I don't require you to call me up to "activate" my software. I won't sell your name to my "corporate enterprise partners," in fact chances are I will never find out your name. Arachnophilia won't die suddenly because you didn't call me up within 50 days of the installation, it won't surreptitiously connect you to my corporate office so I can spy on your computer, it doesn't die if you try to install it on more than one machine or give it to a friend. And — hard to believe — all these dreadful things are true of current Microsoft products.

      And possibly more important, Arachnophilia learns things from you — you tell Arachnophilia how to behave. If you don't like how a toolbar button acts, simply right-click it and edit its contents. There is no Microsoft program at any price that can do this.

      Read more about Microsoft's recent behaviors on my Boycott Microsoft page.

   2. Computer programs written for one platform are doomed to an early obsolescence. This is a truth about computer programs that is only now being addressed by languages like Java. In modern computer technology, there is a rapid trend toward computer hardware costing less and less, and computer software costing more and more.

      This means portable, reusable code is increasingly important. I have spent most of my programming career writing programs that lasted, say, five years, after which (obsolescence issues aside) there might not be a machine that could run them any more. 

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