getting the file path name dropped on the application icon

I want to create an application which is represented as an icon on the desktop and the user could drag files and drop them on the top of the icon and thus the application should be able to get the file path name and store it in a text file. Please help I have no idea how to start. I am using java and Windows xp platform.
ibaj1Asked:
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ibaj1Author Commented:
I don't want the application to opene when the file is dragged to the icon and also  don't want to use swing libraries, it is just a simple application that gets the files names dragged to it.....help pleeeeeeeeease
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VenabiliCommented:
I do not think it is possible. The build in DND in java is with the Swing classes

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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
> also  don't want to use swing libraries

then you can't use dnd with Java.
You need a Swing component to drop the file onto.

If you just want to drop the file onto a Windows icon then it's not a Java problem, you need to write a Windows application.
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ibaj1Author Commented:
How would I write a Windows application? Is there any tutorials? I need as much help as I could
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
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maheshexpCommented:
>How would I write a Windows application? Is there any tutorials? I >need as much help as I could

u mean AWT application....

http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/applet/practical/gui.html
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
You can't do it with AWT.
And an applet is certainly not suitable.
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tomboshellCommented:
And I don't think that is possible with just an icon sitting on the desktop.  The icons are short-cuts to program executables, interacting with it tells the OS to start the associated program.  It *might* work if you have your main method accept the first parameter as being the file name, and *hope* that is what is sent to the program when it is activated.  Then have it run some code (no need for a gui since you only want to append that name to a file), and then exit.  Give it a try, I'm sure that you already have some code in mind.  You will need to ensure that the javaw.exe is associated with the jar file in the OS, then print out the command-line arguments your receive (if any) in your main.  

If it doesn't work then research the theme "Active Desktop".  Or like Objects said write a Windows program.
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