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Need help going from code to an executable

Hi all,

ok I've finished my first ever Java application (thanks in no small part to people's help on this website!).  I have been developing using JBuilder and running it through that.

Now I just need to put it in a form where other people can use it, but i have no idea about how to do this!  Could people please give me a walk through of how to turn my code into a file which I can email to people and they can run?  Hopefully this is fairly straightforward task, if not I'll up the points!
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TimYatesCommented:
I JBuilder, do:

File->New->Build->Archive Builder

Select "Executable Archive", and fill in your main class..  Then it should generate a jar file you can double click on (in windows) or run like:  java -jar nameofjar.jar
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agreesAuthor Commented:
Hmm I've only got JBuilder foundation and so apparently creating executable archive isn't available.  Any way round this?  If not I can probably download the trial version of developer (I'll probably have to do it onto another PC because i've already done it once on this one)
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TimYatesCommented:
Inside "Archive Builder"

It's called "Application" under the "Archive Type" drop down...

That's missing in JBuilder foundation?

Bah!

This show you what it basically does:

http://www.cs.princeton.edu/introcs/85application/jar/jar.html
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agreesAuthor Commented:
Ah right no that's working - I didn't realise you had to do a build before it generated the .jar file!

Ok I think that's pretty much it.  Just one thing: I've tried to run the file on another PC and it is asking what program it should run on - is this just because that PC doesn't have a JVM?
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TimYatesCommented:
yeah...  installing the jvm should sort that out :-)
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TimYatesCommented:
there is a problem that some things like WinZip and WinRAR if installed after the JVM will "steal" the file extension ".JAR" and so they will open it rather than java running it...

What you can do, is deploy a batch file along with your JAR file, so people can double click on the batch file and that does

java -jar yourjarfile.jar

Then that will work no matter what (so long as they have the JVM and "java" on their path) ;-)
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agreesAuthor Commented:
Hmm well the sun JVM installation won't work so I'm downloading Microsofts JVM instead.

I've added 50 points because I have another related question!  The application uses some resource files (.jpg, .wav and .txt).  What is the best way to associate these with the application?  Is there a way to get a relative path?  At the moment I just have the full pathname in like this:

  private static final String baseURL =
      "file:C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/jbproject/strategySimulator/src/sounds/";

  private static AudioClip MOVE = Applet.newAudioClip(new URL(baseURL + "water.wav"));;

     
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TimYatesCommented:
>  Hmm well the sun JVM installation won't work so I'm downloading Microsofts JVM instead.

!?!?!

Microsoft's JVM (if you can find it) only works with Java 1.1, as they stopped supporting it :-(  What was wrong with Sun's one?

private static AudioClip MOVE = Applet.newAudioClip( ThisClass.class.getResource( "/sounds/water.wav" ) ) ;
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agreesAuthor Commented:
I should have said, I have non static uses too so getResource() won't work (will it?)  For example here I create a new audioclip and play it in a new thread, and it throws a null pointer if I use getResource()..

  public static void playThreadedSound(final String file) {
    Thread playerThread = new Thread(new Runnable() {
      public void run() {
        AudioClip newClip = Applet.newAudioClip(Sounds.class.getResource(file)); // get null pointer here
        newClip.play();
      }
    });
    playerThread.start();
  }

I also want to read and write from a text file, which saves data when an application is closed and re-loads it when the application is started.  Like this:

   try {
      BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new FileReader(FILES +
          "strategies.txt"));
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TimYatesCommented:
       AudioClip newClip = Applet.newAudioClip(Sounds.class.getResource(file)); // get null pointer here

is the "file" variable being passed:  "/sounds/whatever.wav"?

That should work...

is "whatever.wav" in the jar file inside the "sounds" directory?

Tim
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agreesAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay I got dragged away over the weekend!  Thanks for your help Tim, I still have 1 final thing to sort out but I've put that in a new question here:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Java/Q_21173655.html
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TimYatesCommented:
Glad I could help :-)

Looks like people have pretty much answered your other question (you can't, you will have to save the file outside the jar)

Good luck with it :-)

Tim
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