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Applets Vs DHTML

 
Rajeshwari Ramamurthi
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I havn't used javascript and DHTML. But I used applets. I have to make decision about which one to use for current project.
Which one will be the best in providing nice interactive web pages?
Which one will be faster?
will the combination of these two provide the best?
I am worried about browser compatability, while the plug-in download seems OK.

Raji
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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JavaScript and DHTML can both be used efficiently to create nice effects - so can Java applets. If you already know Java and you don't know the others, use Java. If you knew the other two and you didn't know Java, I'd say use the other two.
That's my two cents...
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Dirk Schreckmann
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Two more cents...
I haven't paid attention to JavaScript or DHTML for over two years now. Back in the day, they could do neat things, but not consistently accross different browser platforms - it was very frustrating trying to get the two leading browsers to display pages similarly. Netscape always had their own set of supported aspects of JavaScript and DHTML; Internet Explorer always had its own supported set of code; then Opera came along with its own set of supported code; etc.
I'm guessing every aspect of JavaScript or DHTML still isn't 100% compatible on all browsers and that different browsers still support different aspects. With Java, if the JVM is version 1.2 or higher, then Java 1.2 is supported; if the JVM is version 1.3 or higher, then Java 1.3 is supported; if the JVM is version 1.4, then Java 1.4 is supported; etc. So, for compatibility on different platforms, Java is my choice.
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Rajeshwari Ramamurthi
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Hey Thanks for your reply.
one more question.
We have to display images (network diagram). when the user clicks on different parts, we have to highlight that part and we have to present different kind of information.
Currently we got the image part done with javascript and planning to use applets for textual presentation .
Is it fully possible with applets? Can anyone give me a lead
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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Hello,
Without fully knowing what you are doing, I'd venture to say, yes, it is possible to do what you are trying to do in Java alone.
That said, and not contradicting previous arguments, Macromedia's Flash animations can be very slick and efficient (with respect to bandwidth and project creation time and effort) to use. Plus, Macromedia's Flash Plug-In is available for the major web browsers (many people already have it and it's not a big download to get it). It's not very difficult to learn how to make Flash animations (Macromedia provides very nice tutorials), but it is proprietary and the Flash 5 Studio is expensive.
If I already owned Flash 5 Studio and were as good at making Flash animations as I were at making Java applets, I'd be very tempted by the Flash path for it's quick and easy creation process to produce a high quality, professional-looking end product. Of course, the availability of the Flash Plug-In for multiple platforms and browsers would have to be adequate for my target audience.
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-Dirk Schreckmann
 
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