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A Step Further for Ease of Clicking

Posted by Matt Gerrans on January 17, 2002 at 10:36 PM

> Microsoft's Java SDK4.0 has jexegen.exe tool which generates exe files from class files. You can download that for free from Microsoft's website.

> Personally, I am not a big fan of jview.exe. And yeah I got that liking to 'clickables' too. So I satisfy my urges by creating batch files. All you need to do is create a file with .bat extension. Within it type (assuming myClasses.jar is your jar file):
> java -jar myClasses.jar
> But make sure you have a manifest file which declares your main class. Rock n Roll.

You can set up the file association of .jar (in Explorer's File Types dialog, or directly with RegEdit for the bolder among you) to this:

C:\YourPathToJava\javaw.exe -jar

Then, when you double-click on any jar file, it will be executed (not in the jurisprudence, sense, thankfully).

It is also handy to set up a right-click item for jar files to open them with WinZip.


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