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JNLP/WebStart in production environment?

 
Bruce Jin
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It seems that not many people are paying attention to JNLP/WebStart. I used it for awhile and found it is fairly easy and powerful too. I wonder how many people are trying to use it and how many have put it in production environment.
Probably there aren’t many Java applications around yet to utilize JNLP/WebStart. And I think one of the reasons that there aren’t many Java applications around is that people are afraid of Java applications because of their distribution issues.
Any thoughts?
Bruce
 
Michael Szul
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Many programs are being developed as Web-centric nowadays, so Swing apps aren't that popular, whereas Servlets and JSP's need to be on almost everyone's resume.
WebStart is an excellent deployment option because it makes it easy to install a program and even easier to make sure you have the latest.
To me that will be the key to success. To always have the latest version of a program is essential in staying on top in the IT market.
Where I work now, we're developing a front-end to an insurance program using JSP's and Servlets, but I feel that if WebStart were known when they started this project, we would have been developing it with Swing, and all our clients would be able to just click a link to install instead of us cutting them a tape of the program.
A a technology, it has great potential.
 
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