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benefit and future of Applets vs. servlets, jsp and javascript

 
Dan Walin
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I have never done any real development with Applets. Just a little playing with some simple stuff. I have developed applications that use servlets, jsp and javascript for productive use and was wondering what I would gain by learning Applets. Is there some functionality that I can't get with what I'm developing with now? Also I'm curious if Applets have a future or are kind of being phased out. I like to learn as much as I can but don't want to spend the time on something that may not be useful to me. Thanks for any information and advice.
 
Ulf Dittmer
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Applets are certainly getting a bit long in the tooth, but they refuse to die out completely. But with Sun's emphasis now on JavaFX, who's to say what will happen, especially now under Oracle's wings?

Applets have their place if heavy client-side computation is called for, and they do have the full capabilities of the Java class libraries plus whatever 3rd party library you care to add. Live graphics, especially with user interaction, is something that JavaScript et al. are still lacking in.
 
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