1)added the the excelapi subdirectory that contains the jar file to the system class path, then I tried explicitly adding the jxl.jar file to the classpath (below)
c:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_02\bin\; c:\Program Files\Java\jexcelapi\jxl.jar;
2)I tried adding a copy of the jxl.jar file to the java\jdk1.7.0_02\bin\ subdirectory also.
I still get the same error msg, i.e, jxl does not exist.
Anyone have any other troubleshooting ideas?