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Applets v. Standalone GUI

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I remember several years ago folks were very excited about applets and applet-servlet communication using Java RMI and other techniques.
Recently it seems applets are much less popular and folks would perfer to write their own standalone GUI interfaces instead of using a browser.
Why did folks become disillusioned with applets and are they still disillusioned?
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Hello Siegfried.
One of the main reasons is that using either RMI or Applet-Servlet communication can be sometimes hard to code and maintain.
Currently there is a project called SwingML that is inovating the way applets are used today.
You can get more information at
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