If you go to
http://www.jfree.org/jcommon/index.php, you will find the JCommon library. Deep within that library there is a package named
org.jfree.date. Within that package there is a class named
SerialDate. We are going to explore that class.
The author of
SerialDate is David Gilbert. David is clearly an experienced and competent programmer. As we shall see, he shows a significant degree of professionalism and discipline within his code. For all intents and purposes, this is “good code.” And I am going to rip it to pieces.
This is not an activity of malice. Nor do I think that I am so much better than David that I somehow ...