For my first experiment with Java Web Start (JWS) , I decided to make a game. I named it Rush25, because you rush to place twenty-five cards into a 5×5 grid. You want to make 12 poker hands — one for each of the five rows, one for each of the five columns, and one for each of the two diagonals.
This game was beneficial to do as a learning experiment with JWS because it requires tackling two differences between JWS programming and regular Java programming: how to use images, and how to connect to a database. For a moment during the programming, it seemed impossible to write a program that both connected to a database and used images. But I overcame the two hurdles. More on this later.
The game can be found in the Works in Progress section of my site and a direct link is here, but before you play, you need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed. You might already have it, but if you don’t, make sure to download it and then install it.