null pointer exception in thread

asit <>
Sun, 2 Aug 2009 09:12:25 -0700 (PDT)
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.util.*;

public class AppServer extends Frame implements ActionListener,

     * @param args

    Button b1;
    TextField tf;
    TextArea ta;
    ServerSocket ss;
    Socket s;
    PrintWriter pw;
    Scanner input;
    Thread th;

    public AppServer() {
        Frame f = new Frame("Server side chatting");
        f.setLayout(new FlowLayout());
        b1 = new Button("Send");
        tf = new TextField(30);
        ta = new TextArea();
        f.addWindowListener(new W1());
        try {
            ss = new ServerSocket(12000);
            s = ss.accept();
            input = new Scanner(s.getInputStream());
            pw = new PrintWriter(s.getOutputStream(),true);
        }catch(Exception e) {

        setFont(new Font("Arial", Font.BOLD,20));
        th = new Thread(this);

    private class W1 extends WindowAdapter {
        public void windowClosing(WindowEvent we) {

    public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {

    public void run() {
        while(true) {
            try {
            }catch(Exception e) {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        AppServer a = new AppServer();



In the above code, I have used a thread which updates the text area if
some data is received. Why it shows the following exception ???


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