Sorry for the nooby question, but i've always wanted to make an instant messenger, I figured java was the best language as it is Multi platform and extremely portable. I wondered if their was any open source code i could look at to help me.

Thanks

If you look back through this board you will find quite a number of people have been building Java apps to send receive and broadcast instant messages across TCP/IP or UDP sockets. (It looks like this must be a standard project on some programming courses.) Their posts contain lots of pieces of interesting code, and a large amount of discussion about the problems they encountered. and how to solve them.
I see five under the "Similar Threads" heading right now.

sorry im new to this place :(

Hey - no need to apologise - I wasn't being critical, just pointing you in a good direction. Have fun! J