i would like to design an intrusion detection system-type of software.
is it best to use Java for it?

What 'kind' of intrusion detection system do you want to develop? Java suits most types of development.

Well, yes, Java can be used to create such software...but it commands you to have in depth knowledge of how the Internet works.

Java can be used to even create a program on the lines of a 'packet sniffer'. :)

Hope I encouraged you...

thank you so much!
bt... if u were in my situation. wat wld be d best language to use to create such system/