From my very limited understanding of JWS, I think it is a new way to deploy applications to your computer. Sure you can deploy by installing on your local computer but JWS provides a way to keep the software and runtime versions current and conssistent. So, it is not so much about distributing software over the "web". It is more about software version control over a fast intranet.
Yes, you can use JNLP also for installing your app via local file system, or an installation CD-Rom as well. Of course, this is essentially for packaging simplicity (you use JNLP to bundle everything once, and don't need to create several different packages for the different deployment medium you use to distribute your app) but of course JNLP power is fully expressed only on a Internet (HTTP) connection. Cheers, Mauro
Arun, From Java Web Start FAQ, it looks like Web Start enables developers to deploy Java applications to end-users by making the applications available on a standard Web server. By using any Web browser, end-users can launch the applications. It does not mention anything about using Web Start to deploy locally. Hope this helps. Latha
Mauro, Under what practical conditions one would use Web Start to deploy applications from a CD? It looks like you loose the ability to get seamless access to the latest versions of the software via Web (unless there is a way to specify the URL from where the Web Start can access the latest versions.) Thanks, Latha
Thanks for all this information and would definately look forward for this technology... I would also like to have a look at the promotion book too... In any case thanks a lot to all and special thanks to Mr. Author. regards, Arun
Latha, In the scenario I had in mind, only the first time installation is performed via a CD-Rom. Then, for further updates, or anything else you can refer to a remote Web site. An additional advantage of this arrangement is that you prepare just one deployment version, and distribute it via several different media (web site, CD-Roms, DVDs, etc.). There some cases where the deployment is somehow private and clients prefers CD-Roms. Cheers, Mauro
Thanks Mauro for the response. From reading through this forum and referring to the FAQs, it looks like the Web Start facilitates automatic deployment of latest versions of the software. As an end user, (1) Will I know when the latest version is deployed? (2) Do I have an option to skip a specific version? Thanks, Latha