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NetBeans IDE

One of the questions facing Critical Code Studies is how to present and examine the code.  In this analysis, we have imported the code directly from the Sourceforge files.  It appears as numbered lines of text. All of the code appears the same.  Programmers are accustomed to a much more clear form of the code, displayed with syntax highlighting, which assign different colors to the different aspects of the code such as methods and variables. 

However, most programmers do not work on complex code in a simple text editor, but rather use software, namely IDEs or integrated development environments.  The Transborder Immigrant Tool team used a free IDE called NetBeans, an IDE originally developed in Prague y a professor at Charles University, and subsequently acquired by Sun Microsystems (Wikipedia "NetBeans").  

The IDE allows the programmers to easily track down elements of the code, such as the witchingEvent method, as well as track down its definition.  Such tools are crucial to navigating extensive bodies of codes, and participants in Critical Code Studies have wondered whether it is necessary to examine code in the same environment it was developed.  While such a condition can not be a requirement, for the software may not be available, and yet using IDEs offer an infrastructure for finding one's way through the code successfully. 

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