For many purposes, especially for the small "throw-away" programs that you write for yourself, console apps are ideal. Java is a friendly language and Visual J Plus Plus v6 is a friendly environment for the development of console apps. In this chapter, you've seen several techniques programmers commonly use in the development of generic console apps.

In the next chapter, you'll see how using WFC makes the job of writing powerful, console-based Microsoft Windows apps even easier. Comments