Accessing helper classes for an Applet through a jar

Posted on 2007-04-06
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have an applet that is included in a jar file.  The applet class has an import for a class within package access.  The applet works in Eclipse but when I deploy it and use it with a browser, it loads the applet class and when it tries to access a helper class within the package the error console says it cannot initialize that helper class.  But if its in the jar file and it can find the applet class, why can't it find other classes in the jar?  For instance, I have package.myApplet and package.myHelperClass.  Both classes are in the jar file.  In my applet loader, I have the archive set to the jar, and the code set to package.myApplet.  It loads, but says it cannot initialize package.myHelperClass in the Java Console.

<applet archive="myJar.jar" code="package.myApplet" height="200" width="200"></applet>

Contents of myJar.jar:

Another note is that I am trying to access the helper class statically, ie myHelperClass.someStaticMethod().  I don't create an instance.
Question by:tmar89
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Please post output of

jar tf myJar.jar

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To give more info on the error, Java Console responds with:

Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-1" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class package.myHelperClass
      at package.myApplet$1.actionPerformed(
      at javax.swing.AbstractButton.fireActionPerformed(Unknown Source)
      at javax.swing.AbstractButton$Handler.actionPerformed(Unknown Source)
      at javax.swing.DefaultButtonModel.fireActionPerformed(Unknown Source)
      at javax.swing.DefaultButtonModel.setPressed(Unknown Source)
      at javax.swing.plaf.basic.BasicButtonListener.mouseReleased(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Component.processMouseEvent(Unknown Source)
      at javax.swing.JComponent.processMouseEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Component.processEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Container.processEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Component.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.retargetMouseEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.processMouseEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
      at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
      at Source) line 42:
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After rearranging some code, it turns out it is scope related.  I was calling the class from an inline method through the addActionListener method and it was not able to find the myHelperClass class.  I didn't expect this to be an issue because it works fine in the IDE but not as a standalone applet.  Here is the faulty code:

eventButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
  public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent evt) {

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Yes - you'll find it easier with scope, readability and deployability if you use private inner classes with descriptive names instead of anonymous classes. Another option is to make the applet itself implement ActionListener

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Yeah, that was exactly what I did.  I'll give you the credit for helping me brainstorm through this problem.
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