I've modified my classpath so javac sees JavaRanchCommon.zip, and I can compile fine. However, when I try to compile within an IDE (I've tried Visual Cafe and BlueJ), the compilation fails. Is the classpath approach applicable only to using javac? I found ways within the IDEs to add the zip file to the directory structure, and it works. However, I expected that a change that works for javac would work for all compilers. Thanks
no, changing your classpath only works for javac (or the jdk). you have to tell your IDE where to look for the files in the "settings" (or similar) menu. you would think that the IDE would know to look for your classpath, but i guess that there are too many different platforms to worry about, so you have to set it up yourself.