IDE support for UTF8?

Did you change both files? The server and the client?

Can you try and check that specific character to see which character set it’s in?

Are you using a relatively recent jdk version?

At this point, you’re going to have to start figuring things out on your own. I’m not very good at internationalization and I’m out of ideas on how to help you.

سلام!‏
The UTF-8 file worked for me in Eclipse and Netbeans on Kubuntu 10.10 once I wrapped the code in a try block. Both printed Salam as expected. In fact, I regularly use Hebrew text in Java.

You might want to check your Windows settings.

I should mention that I am on the Netbeans 7 beta.