I wonder if all java programmers are this cagey/evasive about describing their problem sets
I doubt it. There are people in all trades and positions that like to keep what they do a secret in fear that if people know then their importance and value might be diminished. Since my job title has nothing to do with programming, I am assuming solving such a "simple" task with an "inferior" language would be a huge eyesore. Anyway - it is the Java Developer's problem - not mine. I just wanted to present the problem here so that if there was an superior approach that I was missing I could learn it.