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How to make the installation & launching of Java application easier

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I want to make the installation & launching of my Java application easier. Just read about Java Web Start. But my application uses ResourceBundle and user is given a provision to change the configuration parameters before he launches the application and application also creates an input and output file to the local system. So my question is whether this kind of application is compatible to use with Java Web Start and how this can be done.

I read that all the files required for the application must be stored in a JAR file and you need to provide a web URL address. In this case how will the user modify the properties file if its also inside a jar file and I do not want the application to be hosted on a web site.

Besides Java Web Start is there any way to make the installation and launching easier for these kind of application.
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JWS does support local configuration files AFAIK, but i'm afraid i don't know the details
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Hi Emilda ,
You can checkout Inno Setup . Its for free. It lets you create scripts for installations
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

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To use JWS you'll need to sign your application.
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by:Emilda
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> To use JWS you'll need to sign your application.
What does it mean, sign the jar file of the application ?

How does user update the Resource Bundle. ? Is it possible to keep the properties file outside of the jar file so that user does not have to jar it again once he update it.

Can the initial lauching of the application using Java Web Start done without a Webserver ?
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