The “Hello World” Applet in Java

You have been listening a lot of things about Java for several years, but suddenly you have discovered that not even you know just produce a simple “Hello World”. No problem… you are in the good way to become a Java Discover.

In order to implement a “Hello World” applet you need to download the Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK) from This kit allows you to compile and debug your Java software.

Follow next steps in order to become a succesfull appleter:

1) Install the Java 2 SDK in your computer (i.e. NT Workstation 4.0).

2) Write a source file in Java named “” using the WordPad editor. This file must contain:

import java.awt.*;

public class Hola extends java.applet.Applet {

public void paint(Graphics g) {

g.drawString(“Hello World”, 5, 50);



and must be placed in the ../SDK Directory/bin/ directory where you have installed the SDK.

3) Compile the file through the Java Compiler (javac) using next sentence from ../SDK Directory/bin/ directory in the MS DOS prompt:


This action creates an executable file named Hola.class

4) Now, you have to create the HTML page that calls the applet Hola.class. In this way, edit a file called “Test.html” that contains:


5) And it’s all !. Assure that the .HTML and .CLASS files are in the same directory and execute the web page (Test.html) with Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer.

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