Where can I see Jetty in action?
I have a few pages up running different games. Take your pick
(if you put up Jetty on your own page, let me know, and I'll
add a link)
- Mike Roberts' Ditch Day Drifter
- Dan Shiovitz's (hey, that's me) Bad Machine
- Mike Armstrong and Jeffrey Rosenthal's Galactic Peace
- Chris Jacobsen, Matt Keeler, and Ben Racine worked on a
modification of Jetty for a class project. They did an
exceptional job, adding graphics, sound, and a number of
other impressive interface enhancements. You can
their version in action now, although be warned it's a
pretty hefty download.
- Gayla Wennstrom's Finding Martin is a tongue-in-cheek science fiction game available
for play both with Jetty and as a download.
Why is it called 'Jetty'?
I started the project by writing a TADS 2 equivalent to the Z-machine
txd utility, which was called 'tt'. All Java programs are
required to have a name that starts with 'j', so 'Jetty'
was an obvious choice.
But wait, I thought Jetty was a
popular open source HTTP server and servlet container?
Yeah, um, well, the moral here is to check your project names
better before you start using them. Jetty-the-server,
developed by Greg Wilkins, has been around for quite some time
now and had I done more research I could have avoided the confusion.
If you'd like to check it out,
follow this link.
What do I need to do to run Jetty on my Web page?
It should be pretty straightforward to get set up. You'll need
to download the Jetty jarfile and the
regexp jarfile, and stick those both
in a directory with your gamefile. Then you just need to stick
code to invoke the applet in your webpage. There are a bunch
of ways to tweak an applet, but the basic chunk of html
probably looks like this:
<APPLET CODE="JettyApplet.class" ARCHIVE="jetty.jar, regexp.jar" HEIGHT="400" WIDTH="600">
<PARAM NAME="file" VALUE="ditch.gam">
In addition to the file parameter (which is required), you can
use any of the following parameters, which do more or less
what you expect: statusFont, statusFontSize,
statusForegroundColor, statusBackgroundColor, mainFont,
mainFontSize, mainForegroundColor, mainBackgroundColor,
inputFont, inputFontSize, inputForegroundColor, cursorColor
Where is the source for Jetty?
Right here. Note that this does
not include the source for the regexp package, which is by
the Jakarta project,
not by me. If you want that source (and you'll need it or the
jarfile to compile Jetty), you can get it
What is the license for Jetty?
Jetty is released with the understanding that people should feel
free to modify it, fix bugs, add features, whatever. If you
find a bug or make an improvement I would appreciate if you
let me know so I can update the main source, but it's not
required. The specific license is here.
What is the current version of Jetty?
Release 1.0 went out February 3rd, 2002.
Release 1.1 went out March 3rd, 2002.
Release 1.11 (I dunno, they're getting more minor) went out
April 11th, 2002.
Release 1.2 went out December 4th, 2002, and has a higher
version number increment only because it's wrapping up a
couple smaller fixes.
Who is the author of Jetty?
Shiovitz. I've written a few games, post on the
newsgroups occasionally, and hang out on
ifMUD. If you want to
contact me, you can use email or
post on rec.arts/games.int-fiction.
Who else helped in the making of Jetty?
I received considerable help creating the applet interface to
Jetty by reading Matthew Russotto's
source. Mike Roberts, of course, is the author of TADS, made
the manual and source freely available, and answered a number
of my direct questions besides. In addition, Stephen Granade,
NK Guy, Iain Merrick, Dan Schmidt, and Emily Short provided
beta-testing and suggestions. (Stephen should receive an
additional note of praise for making the source for several of
his major games available on the IF archive; they made
debugging Jetty much, much easier). And post-release, a number
of people provided bug reports and suggestions: John Cater,
Ricardo Dague, Eric Moon, Jim Nelson, Stephen Newton, Lenny
Pitts, Ken Ray, Kent Tessman, Rob Wheeler, and Per Wilhelmsson
(and please let me know if you should be listed and aren't).
What other IF-related things have you written?
I could list them myself but it would probably be more
convenient to point you at
my entry in Baf's guide.
I have a more general page of IF stuff
that includes comp reviews and so on.
Where should I send my
comments/questions/feature requests/bug reports?
Send them to me,
please. IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not the author of the Jetty webserver. Do not send bug reports
for that to me. Thanks!
Where does the Jetty photo come from?
It was taken one moody afternoon in January 2000 in New Zealand by
NK Guy, tela design. He
also handled the html design for this page and the pretty
formatting, so thanks!