The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus
check these 3 links, they might help you in application deploying:
1.JSmooth is a Java Executable Wrapper that makes a standard Windows executable binary (.exe) from a jar file. It makes java deployment much smoother and user-friendly, as it is able to find a Java VM by itself. When no VM is available, it provides feed-back to the users, and can launch the default web browser to an URL that explains how to download a Java VM. Jsmooth is free software released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
2.Inno Setup is a free installer for Windows programs. First introduced in 1997, Inno Setup today rivals and even surpasses many commercial installers in feature set and stability.
3.Java launcher is an easy-to-use software which contains four features:
Run Java applications and applets by double-clicking class files in Windows explorer as if they are normal Windows executable files. at same time, the software can check class errors (such as package error) and monitor streams for Java exceptions.
Launch Java source code and class hierarchy by right-clicking class files from Windows explorer class files are not restricted to application and applet classes, they can be any. class hierarchy is in graphic format, which can check Java errors for you
Create Windows exe files the software compresses all class and other files (such as image files) into a single exe file. the exe file can be launched by double-click in Windows Explorer as if it is a normal Windows executable file. user icon, arguments of Java method main(), system and user classpaths can be added to the exe file. You can distribute the single exe file to your customers without other files.
Create executable jar files the jar files are compressed from all class and related files and compatible with multiple platforms. you can launch Java application by double-click the jar files if using Windows.
kind regards Igor [ February 21, 2005: Message edited by: Igor Stojanovic ]
I suggest you read the Javaranch FAQ. You just asked question number 16.
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Just a note to Igor's suggestions. As far as deploying is concerned, you migh also consider using this free installer.
Among other things, it can package your application with a VM that may be installed by the end user, it runs on all platform and can also generate a web installer (automatic installation from a website).