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    Default New to software development :(blush):

    I want to try and make a new software. In general, how can I make something that will stand alone without a java compiler but more like an actual application that will run by itself? Is there different coding I'll have to use? I'm familiar with C/C++ and Java(script). Would there be something else i would need to learn? I just need to know how to start. I know this is a broad question but all i want is a broad answer. Any help is very much appreciated! Or if you'd maybe wanna work with me I'd love that too lol Thanks!!

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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    Once you have written an application you can package it up into a JAR file (Google it). All the user needs to do is double click the jar file and it will run. If you are only concerned about Windows then there are applications that can convert your program into an executable. Or you can create a bat file to launch your program.
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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    Thanks junksta! We meet again btw lol. I'm thinking of writing a program that will allow teachers to make tests with ease. The name, date, and format of the test can be selected at the beginning, and then it'll ask for a title, then it will automatically number your questions and letter your answers. Simple idea, yet I gots no idea where to start haha. Should I make this an applet so I can view my progress in the program? Or can I use something else?

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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    I'd say make it a desktop (although an applet is fine as well) application. Also, understand that Java and Javascript are very different. Try starting here: The Really Big Index

    It covers anything you may need to know.
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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    Thanks! How would I turn a program into a desktop app(would it be similar to a JAR file?) And yes i know java and javascript are different.

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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    Yes applications are placed in jar files. Applets are embedded into webpages.
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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    By desktop, I mean just standalone. Use a main method to run and test everything along the way, then when ready for deployment, release a JAR. Look into swing for your ui.
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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    Is there any way I can somehow convert the user input that will go to the main method to make a Microsoft word copy of the test?

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    Default Re: New to software development :(blush):

    There may be a way, but I'm not entirely sure, I believe it will be a 3rd party library which allows you to do this. You can, however; save it as a RTF (Rich Text Format) file which can be opened in word.

    javax.swing.text.rtf (Java Platform SE 6)
    How to Use Editor Panes and Text Panes (The Java™ Tutorials > Creating a GUI With JFC/Swing > Using Swing Components)

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