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Question: Does Filthy Rich Clients also apply to Applets?  RSS feed

 
Hilbert Schraal
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It looks like everyone has fallen pretty much out of love with Applets. Could the techniques presented in Filthy Rich Clients make Applets more attractive than the seem to be nowadays?

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Romain Guy
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Definitely, and it has actually been proven at JavaOne 2007 with the IRIS demo (check it out at http://iris.dev.java.net or look for Jasper Pott's blog.) Applets can do wonderful things, just take a look at the ThinkFree Office suite for instance. Unfortunately, they still suffer from annoying loading times. This last issue is being tackled for the Consumer JRE and Java 7 and Chet knows a lot more about it than I do. He'll give you more details.
 
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As Romain pointed out, we're working on technologies that should make applets way better than they have been. For more information on some of these features, check out my blog on the topic:
http://weblogs.java.net/blog/chet/archive/2007/05/consumer_jre_le.html

Also, note one of the very cool things about the Iris demo that Romain mentioned; it mixes applets and other web technologies very seamlessly. Traditionally, applets were used in an either-or relationship: you either used Java or something else. But in today's web app world, developers use a mix of technologies. So why not use some technologies for their sweet spots, and Java for others. In the Iris demo, this means using Java for its strengths of rich UI interaction, image editing, and local file system (including drag and drop) access.

Chet.
 
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