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Bill Compton
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I am designing a software tool I intend to sell commercially. This is a general purpose tool that will be (I hope) used by the complete spectrum of computer users, including non-technical people and people with slow internet connections. Extreme simplicity of use, including installation, is paramount. Although I would love to write the tool in Java, I believe that this would require packaging a complete JRE, requiring a download of ~70 MB, which would take too long. I understand the JRE licensing agreement to preclude packaging only the portion of the JRE I actually need. It would be too risky to depend on users already having a sufficiently current JRE available. So, it seems like, at least for the primary target of Windows users, I will probably need to write the app in C++.

Does anyone know of a way to build a tool like this in Java and not incur these unacceptable delivery / installation problems? Thanks in advance for any help!
 
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The JRE for Java 6 update 14 for Windows is approximately 15.5 MB, not 70 MB.
The JDK is > 70 MB, but end users do not need the JDK to run your program.
 
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Ah, quite right. I was looking at the "jre" directory (that must come with the jdk) not the actual download for the jre. Thanks!!
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