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Java SE (Java Platform, Standard Edition)


843810Jan 29 2010 — edited Jan 31 2010

I am not sure if this is the place for this topic, wherever I can get the answer is where I'd like to look.

I am writing a Java program to be distributed to my business client (about 25-30 machines will be running this program). Each machine (obviously) will need to install Java, something I'm not too thrilled about but not too concerned about either.

What does concern me, however, is that the program requires a JDBC driver (for Firebird DBMS) called "Jaybird." The installation of Jaybird simply requires that the environment variables point to the correct .jar file. This is a process, however, that I would very much like to abstract from the client. I think it is just bad design to require the user to edit their environment variables, unless of course the software package was software-development-oriented.

Is there any way to create an installer that will install the driver for the user? I'm worried the answer to this is no (else, why would the Jaybird people not have already done that?). I have never created an installer of any kind, and I'm not sure how one would do so. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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