Need help in creating Chat (Java applet)

I'm trying to create a simple-to-use java IRC applet, since the users will be mainly business personels, I need a really user friendly GUI.

The users probably wouldn't know how the IRC function, therefore buttons like "Create Room", "Private message user", etc needs to be created for commands like /query, /join. I also require a logging feature that would log all private and channel messages, perhaps creating a txt file in the server (usernick#channelName-date.log) or store in a database.

I'm not experienced in java programming that requires socket connections(?). Are there any (detailed)tutorials or suitable Open source chat applet that I could refer to? I've tried applets like PJIRC but there's just too many things and it's confusing.

Urgent. Thanks in advance.
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pwagenerCommented:
If you're able to use any of the ones TNC provides, then by all means do so.  Re-inventing the wheel is only interesting for the first few days... after that it gets painful.  Parachat is a proven solution.

But, if you're hell-bent on rolling your own, here's where I'd start.  In general, the online Java tutorial has plenty of info you'll find useful:

http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/

The "Bingo" application is a full-blown client/server application that'll show you the in's & out's of socket programming.  If you're sure you want to write an applet, see the 'Writing Applets' trail....  Check out the 'Custom Networking' trail as well for a full explaination of the networking details.


HTH,

Peter
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