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Command prompt vulnerability with Java SDK

Hi,

We are offering Java programming this year for the first time in our school.  Its in a room that uses Windows 98 in a peer-to-peer networking configuration.

We are using Java(TM) 2 SDK, Standard Edition version 1.4.2, which uses the command prompt for editing.

The problem is, we are worried that while the students are in the command prompt window, they will be able to navigate to other folders, perhaps deleting files or wreaking other havoc.  

Does anyone have any suggestions for a better way to arrange things so that the computers remain somewhat safe?  We do have a license for Windows 2000 workstation, so I suppose we could upgrade, but I am a bit hesitant because that would involve a learning curve, and we want to prepare them for the AP exam ASAP.

Thanks again!
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ANothnagle
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CI-Ia0sCommented:
I'd grab an IDE for editing instead. There are a bunch of free ones, my personal favorite being NetBeans. Most IDEs can compile, JAR, and do practically everything else you'd do from the command prompt. Plus, coding with an IDE is a lot easier and more realistic... (The one we're using at my school is JBuilder which is ok, but not great...).
NetBeans: http://www.netbeans.org/
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Venci75Commented:
I don't think that you can solve this on a java level. I think that you should install Windows 2000 and set the appropriate permitions for the 'Student' user
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CEHJCommented:
If all you're doing is using the command prompt, you'd be better off using Linux as it's much easier to secure. If you need networking, although it's not clear why you'd need it, that could be handled too.
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WebstormCommented:
Hi ANothnagle,

You can download UltraEdit ( http://www.ultraedit.com ) which is a good text editor for programmers (syntaxic colors, indentation, tools). With it, you can configure some custom tool buttons you can place on a toolbar. You just have to create some buttons : one for compiling classes, and one for running application, and maybe one for launching the browser/appletviewer to display applets.

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CEHJCommented:
btw, you're not going to be able to protect your machine/network from meddling just by avoiding the command prompt
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CEHJCommented:
If you download Knoppix you can boot into Linux by just loading the RAM disk CD, so you don't even need to install anything. Change the root password and you've got a secure system. And it's already got the JDK on it afaik.
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objectsCommented:
Not really a Java question, you'd be better off moving the question to one of the Windows TA's.
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WebstormCommented:
I suggest to split the points : CI-Ia0s, Venci75, CEHJ, Webstorm
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CI-Ia0sCommented:
I'm good with that...
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WebstormCommented:
:-)
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CI-Ia0sCommented:
Thanks.
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