"static" in front of a method name means that you can call the method without actually creating the object. if you didn't have static there, main couldn't run unless you created an object, but you can't create an object until you start your program.
now, you CAN create a method like you list, but it won't be the one that the JVM tries to run when you start your program. the JVM looks for the method with the specific signiature
You are right that it will compile but not run, because the JVM searches for the signature. It is possible to kid BlueJ into taking a main method with a different signature, but then BlueJ isn't a JVM. I have managed to get myJVM to accept these signatures:-but I don't think ti's a good idea for real-life use. CR
I think the "public static void main(String ...)" signature is available for any JVM that supports Java 1.5. This is the syntax for variable argument lists (varargs) that gets translated into an array anyway. There are several other variations that are allowed, but most of them are just syntactic variations on the one you are used to, like switching the order of "public" and "static".