Basil D'Souza

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Alors is a simple UDP based chat client. It can support point to point chatting between multiple participants.

Messages can be sent to any IP that has an instance of the chat client running on it. Messages from multiple IPs can be received in the same window, with the IP address prefixing the message.

I started on this when my internet connection had gone on the blink, and I was only left with the lan. We used IPMsg to chat, but its popup interface gets annoying after a while. So I wrote Alors and convinced the people on the LAN to give it a try.

Updated: (28 / 07 / 2008)

The original Alors looked very bare, and also lacked a lot of features we expect in a chat window (for eg: closing when you click the close button :)

So I worked on it this weekend and improved it a lot, thanks to the Netbeans 6.1's UI editor and a few extra years of java experience.

I am uploading the binaries, it will require the Java 6 runtime (older versions will not work). I have not yet decided on how I should structure my files for download. So for now it is just directly linked (so donot bookmark the file link, it might change any time. Keep a link to this page instead)


A brief overview of 'Alors'


  • Java
  • Java NIO
  • Swing + AWT

Original Team (Role)

  • Basil Dsouza (All Hands)


  • Started in: January 2005
  • 2 Days + 2 Days to redo the UI



Please keep in mind that most of these projects were written while I was still in college. The quality of the code as well as the documentation would not be production quality. So using the code for any production system would not be recommended.