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AWT vs Swing; 1.1 vs 1.3

 
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I have been tasked by a client to upgrade a web-based solution from JDK 1.1 to JDK 1.3. The current implementation utilizes AWT GUI components within the applets and we would like to move to Swing, but the client has questions about performance and worries about the size of the upgraded JVM. Does anyone have any specific numbers that I can give in this respect?

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Hi Cory,
I feel that moving from java 1.1 to 1.3 is a good thing. You get much better performing and sophisticated gui components. But, there is one main consideration. Since, yours is a web based solution, running java 1.3 gui components may require the java plugin to be installed on the client machines.
Also, my personal opinion is that swings is a much better option as compared to AWT. This will give your solution a machine/platform independent standardised look-and-feel, which sometimes becomes very important if your client machines are part of a big domain.
Regarding the size of the jvm, there is very less difference in 1.1 and 1.3 if you compare the kindof resources available these days.
Best Wishes,
Amit
 
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