On Apr 3, 2009, at 4:34 PM, Alex Wood wrote:

> 1) I need to implement an Island model (which Iíve never done  
> before, so the easier the better), are there any nice examples to  
> look through to see how to implement this?

Sure.  Actually there's some examples of 2-, 3-, and 8-island models  
in ec/exchange

> 2) I need to run an external command, and then parse a text file  
> output by this command to evaluate my fitness.  At the moment Iím  
> just using a threadpool of runtime.exec()s to do this, will ECJ  
> support this (I suppose there should be no reason why it shouldnít)  
> or even support the runtime.exec()s and the threads being handled by  
> ECJ itself under itís server/client model?

I can't see any reason why this would conflict with ECJ.  Should work