Are Applets Back?
As I described
back in December, Sun ordinarily sponsors the annual holiday party
of the Austin Java Users Group (AJUG).
This is something that Albert Leigh and
I help coordinate. When the opportunity to sponsor an additional AJUG meeting in
February became available, we jumped at the chance to bring Ken Russell to town.
This blog entry is my belated report on the end result. Special thanks to Samuel Terry
of Sun's Field Marketing office for providing the funding and to Aaron Houston for the
swag that we used as prizes.
Ken started his presentation with a couple of quotes, one from
Ben Galbraith and another from the
Java Posse, both of which
can be summed up as: "Applets really suck." He then talked about the many reasons
why, with a focus on problems in the Java browser plug-in.
In Ken's view, the newly rewritten Java browser plug-in changes everything. The
problems with browsers hanging and crashing are gone. In addition, the deployment
model for applets will be the same as for Web Start and
has improved. More details are in Ken's presentation slides, but just reading through
them will not provide you with Ken's enthusiasm or the cool demos that he did.
The new browser plug-in is part of JDK 6 Update 10,
which has also been referred to
as the "Consumer JRE." It is also known as JDK 6 Update N, because originally they
were not sure what update number to assign to it.
It all seemed to strike a chord with the audience - there were many questions.
Rob Ratcliffe, one of the AJUG board members, wrote this in his recap email:
Ken gave a great talk on
the new capabilities of the redesigned Java Plug-in. I'm excited that
there may be a rebirth of embedded rich swing-based applications over