Hi My only thoughts would be.. why? Since Microsoft has officialy dropped any support for Java, why not move to a better more flexible environment that could do what you've requested. Some free ones are: Netbeans or Forte (at sun.com) or even Jbuilder or Visual Cafe... My fav is Jbuilder but I'm learning to like Forte also. Hope this helps.
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P.S. It is J++ that MicroSoft has stopped supporting, they have not YET totally committed to giving up Java completely. But I agree. Get a better IDE.
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