.JAR file? What’s that you ask? The Java Glossary defines it as “Java classes forming an application, Applet, or weblet can be bundled up into something that looks very much like a ZIP file. JavaBeans are also packaged in JAR files.” In other words, instead of having a program named ChronLite.exe, you execute the JAVA runtime using the .JAR file as an argument. I bit “UNIXy” I know, but this insures cross-platform compatibility. Of course, this also means you need to make sure you’ve installed the JAVA Runtime or SDK. Since I code, I have the SDK.
If you’re using Windows, you also need to make sure your PATH environment variable includes the JAVA \bin directory containing the executable java.exe. If you don’t have JAVA on your system, you need to go to Sun and download the appropriate product for your needs. If you’re running on a Windows 2k/Mil/XP it wouldn’t hurt to check and/or set this variable via the Advanced Tab of the System Properties control panel:
Check to see if your path includes your
Observe, append, ammend &/or otherwise make sure your path includes your JAVA path, on my Win2k system that is C:\j2sdk\bin or:
Assuming I downloaded the .JAR file to the directory “C:\foo” and for convenience, renamed it to ChronicleLite.jar, I need only issue the following command line directive – or RUN the following:
Notice, I used the “java -jar <filename>” syntax. As always, your mileage may vary – though in this case, it may help to read the Java Glossary : JAR file page.
Oh, by-the-by. Since this site uses MovableType, I had to test the probram on a test site I have over at blogger.com. I think I’d like less hot keys and a few more idiot buttons when it comes to formatting.