JWARS - Lessons learned

by Donald MacQueen


JWARS is a simulation of theater level warfare that was developed at the US Department of Defense. Development started in 1995 and it consisted of over 1.1 million lines of Smalltalk before the program was canceled in October 2010 for 'budgetary' reasons. This experience report will be about the lessons learned during the development - what we did right, and what we did wrong.


Donald MacQueen has been developing software for over thirty years, the last thirteen of which have been working on JWARS. He spent more time on the project than anyone else, and was dubbed Maximus Chronos JWarrious.


Part 1: http://youtu.be/1NFPYsO8uH4

Part 2: http://youtu.be/jiXSaVaQSgs

Part 3: http://youtu.be/aQOy53eCPls