I have overcome the problems of running applets under SDK 1.4.2 by installing the required plugin. Now everything runs fine again, but I am left with one crucial question. For me it's no problem to download those 30+Mb, but how can I expect people visiting my webpage to do the same? It's more likely that this barrier will stop people visiting the page. I think the problem is limited tot those having Microsoft OS's, but that's quite a lot of them out there! I am thinking of uninstalling and downgrading to an older SDK version, but that seems a short-term solution, or is not? Is there a good alternative? The one Microsoft recommends (tranferring to C#,J#) clearly is not because then the situation is reversed: only Window's users can visit the page. I read a lot of questions in the forums regarding the plugin, but not regarding the use of applets. Do I miss a crucial reason why applets are not less attractive under SDK1.4.2 than before? I would be happy if you would share your thoughts. Thanks, Marc
I believe the plugin alone is smaller than 30MB. I'm not sure precisely of the size, but it's not that big. 30MB is roughly the size of the whole SDK. But in any event: this is one of the many, many reasons why applets just aren't a great idea on the Internet. They make a lot more sense on an intranet where you control the client platforms.
Most Java apps are server-side apps, with only HTML on the desktop. They thus work with any browser. All the complicated stuff is done on the server machine. The technologies you want to look into are JSP and Servlets; there are forums devoted to these topics right here on JavaRanch (look up at the top of the main page of the Saloon.)