This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I'd scream bloody murder at my developers. You are printing your own message and not what occurred. add the line e.printStackTrace(); and find out exactly what the Exception was. If you are using a JDK1.40 or jdk 1.41 then more than like it's an expired Certificate Root. You can upgrade to JDK 1.4.2 to correct if that is it!