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    Hello. I'm rather new to Java, I only have a couple of sub-par high school classes and some self taught stuff to work with. I think I'm pretty decent for my level, when it comes to working in Eclipse. But I've never really made anything outside of it. I decided to find a java community and hopefully use it to educate myself a great deal further.

    I recently got some friends together, who are at a similar or lower level than I am, and we want to work on a project (more for a learning experience than being significantly useful).

    One thing that I really wanted to do was make a program with java that runs outside of Eclipse, but not on an applet. I tried to research this, and discovered I should use a batch file or something. Honestly, I have no idea how to do this and when I tried to read about it I became even more confused.

    I also wanted to know if one uses the same basic workings of applet graphics when using graphics in an application.

    Anyway, any links or information on how to accomplish the stand alone application would be greatly appreciated.

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    If you want graphics, then you probably are talking about creating a GUI application such as a Swing application. I highly recommend that you go through the Sun Swing tutorials and also look up in the same tutorial series how to create JAR files.

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    I'm surprised how quickly I got a response! Lol, most forums I find take ages.

    Anyway, thank you. I'm going to check them out after work today.

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    Thanks again,

    I began to look into the Swing stuff, and it is all very interesting. From Sun's tutorial I learned quite a bit, but it focuses a lot on NetBeans. Honestly, I significantly prefer Eclipse and was wondering if there may be tutorials that focus with Eclipse? If not, I will make due with what I have. ^_^

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    There are 2 parts to the Swing Tutorials: one part features creating Swing applications with Netbeans code-generation (called Matisse), and the other is a general tutorial on how to create Swing apps by hand -- without code generation. Since you are just learning Swing, I strongly encourage you to go through the second set of tutorials and learn to do Swing without using generated code. Not only will it give you a more solid foundation in the understanding and use of Swing, but it will make you a better programmer overall. If you learn to code by hand, you can create Swing apps in Eclipse, in NetBeans, shoot, you can create them in Notepad if desired. Good luck!

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