Friday, September 22, 2006

Let's Java 1

import java.lang.String;

public class HelloWorld{

String Hellostring = "Hello World";

public void main(String args[]){


The piece of text in pencil color above, represents a simple "Hello World" program in the Java programming language. The first line requests the java compiler (1) to include the class
(2) String situated in the java.lang package (3) in your class files when it compiles it. The next line, public class HelloWorld declares the beginning of a class definition which spans the text area from the first curly bracket and the last one.

Within the class definition is the main() method which is called when the class is first loaded by the Java Virtual Machine (see also runtime environment). Note that this method is declared as 'public void' which means that it can be accessed by other classes and that it does not return any value after execution is completed. In this simple program, the only thing we do is print the text that has been stored in the variable Hellostring to the command prompt.

The variable Hellostring is declared on the first line in the class String Hellostring = "Hello World"; and initialised to the text string "Hello World".

To run this piece of code, copy it and save it as (make sure that it does not have a txt extension) then from the command line navigate to the directory in you have saved your file and enter the following command:


This tells the java compiler to compile the code and generate a java class file HelloWorld.class. You can now run the class with the java tool as follows:

>java HelloWorld

This will load your class and execute it . You should see the following on the command line:

>java HelloWorld
>Hello World

The last line here displays the output from your program.


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Let's Java

For those who care, Java is a fully object oriented programming language, that is in some ways similar to c++ but in fact very different from it. Today I start my "Let's Learn Together" Java journey that will hopefully take us through the basics to advanced concepts such as 2-D and 3-D graphics, component models, remote method invocation, distributed objects, and networking, security management etc. Somehow, we'll get there.

The pace of this java caravan depends on the travellers (us) and we'll agree on how fast we go as we go.

Primarily, I use the following material for learning and referencing:
  1. The Java Tutorial which is also available for download at
  2. The Java Platform API Specification (Java Class Libraries)
  3. The Java Language Specification also available for download at
You can also get many other reading and reference materials at
or download PDF docs.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

RADIUS and FreeRadius

If you are interested in using FreeRadius on MySQL start at

get more information plus a copy at

OR if you want to ftp the server

For FreeRadius and Java, there's s really cool tool for developers (gives you APIs and stuff). Find out about the Open Source Java program JRadius at AND check out the developer's notes so U don't mess Urself up

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


This is the first posting on this blog. I will keep updating this information for your pleasurable reading.

Malumbo Chipofya