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How to create a forum (Intarnet)

James Tharakan
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Hello, I am a person who is just out of college and i dont have anykind of pratical experience in java technology. I have learnt java after college.

I just joined a organisation ( still no project assigned).I thought of creating a forum for my organisation.

But i am not sure of how to go about doing it. I personally dont have a mentor at work place.

When i thought about how to do , i ended up with so many question...like..
1.How would the application start when a user types in the url .
2.Should i create the pages using JSP or html or some other would be better?
3.when i create new thread , would i be creating a new file?? If i am creating a file would't that use more memory??
4.Would there be a deadlock situation or will it slow down if multiple user access these....

These are some of the question ...
Hope i am in the right way.. If not please direct me to the right path.

I am sorry that i put up this post in a wrong forum( i had to do this because i did not get any response in other forum ).


[ December 30, 2008: Message edited by: James Tharakan ]

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Ankit Garg
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James sometimes you have to be patient. You will get a reply to your thread in the other forum. Please tell me the link and I'll try to solve the problem over there and not here as this is the wrong forum for this...


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James Tharakan
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I HAD posted in java beginnners... i deleted it before posting here....
Where shoudld i post
Ankit Garg
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James first of all if you want to create a forum for practice, then only create it yourself. Otherwise use an existing forum software.

How would the application start when a user types in the url .


Just install Apache Tomcat on one of the machines and create your forum and deploy it. It will have it's own context path. Then the forum can be accessed using the url

http://machineName:8080/contextPath

I am here assuming that your tomcat will run on port 8080.


when i create new thread , would i be creating a new file??
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Dude use a database instead of files...
Himanshu Gupta
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James making a forum is a good idea. We already have something in the market which will suit your needs. Please visit the jForum page. It is open source, very easy to use and comes with hsqldb so you can easily configure it. The community is an active one so if in case you have some problem you can get help there itself.

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[ December 30, 2008: Message edited by: Himanshu Gupta ]

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James Tharakan
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I am actually trying to do by myself instead of downloading....
Thats why i was looking for help...
Treimin Clark
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Hmmm! It's better if you post this on General Computing Forum.

You can try forumotion to simply create a free forum site for you. But you don't need to know Java or any language to create this.
Ankit Garg
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OK James. Someone would move this thread to the correct forum. By that time let me give you some hints. First of all use a database. I think if you are new to this then you will need some help. So I would recommend that you use some tutorial or study some preexisting forum software.

Also you will need some good understanding of Servlets and JSP. Also you will have to use an IDE for faster development. You can use Netbeans or Eclipse. There are also books available on them so learning to use them will not be a problem. They allow good facilities for debugging etc so that would solve some of your problems.

Best of luck for your work dude
James Tharakan
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Thank for the support guys...
Atleast now i have an idea of the starting point...
Peter Lawrey
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This page has a list of 10 java forum packages you could start with.
http://java-source.net/open-source/forum-software
Manuel Leiria
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I advise you to start by the database design: design the tables Users, Posts, Threads...make the relationships between them.


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