I hope you'll enjoy my first interesting Java program, a world map viewer. It doesn't draw very much detail, but it can be fun to play with. To use it, drag the mouse to move the earth to the orientation you like, then let go and watch the continents appear.
I've released the source code for my world map viewer under the terms of version 2.1 of the GNU Lesser General Public License.
If you decide to use my code, please let me know and send me any improvements you make to the code.
The data for this program is derived, through a process of decoding and paring, from a copy of the free, public CIA World Data Bank II data set I found on the Internet years ago. Since my data is derived from that original source through a series of simple, mechanical transformations, the original government copyright still applies to it.