Include (and run) uncompiled Java
Here's a totally noob question so all you Java experts can have a good laugh...
I'm totally new to Java and like to learn it the way I also learned other languages, like PHP for example, by just "change things and see what happens". I have a nice Java app currently included on my site I want to tweak and change. It's a JAR file, which I understand is a Java ARchive. My default archiving software opens it without problems and inside are compiled Java files. Can't edit those, but I also have all the individual source files.
Now my question; does Java embedded in sites need to be compiled and archived to function?
Most ideally I would like to put the raw .java source online and be able to edit and run it from my web server. I'm already guessing that is not gonna work. So my second best "wish" is to have all the separate compiled elements on my web server so I don't need to recompile every single bit and upload the entire JAR again.
Or alternatively; can I somehow have the compiling done by my web server?
I hope you guys get the general idea; I just want to mess around with the Java app on my site without to much hassle of constantly recompiling and JARring stuff.
What are my options?