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what is alternate to java applets

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Is there any alternate java technology to Applets, that can be used to build a UI for IE and Firefox users?
Are applets still IN? or have they gone OUT

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Well, I guess a Java Web Start application would be the closest thing to an applet from a development and deployment prespective.
Although such an application isn't embedded in a webpage, whereas an applet is.
Alternatively, there are lots of JavaScript libraries that allow you to create some pretty fancy looking GUI components, but JavaScript isn't Java.
If you don't mind wondering into the realm of server side applications you could have a look at frameworks like Google Web Toolkit (GWT).
GWT allows you to program a GUI in Java, much like you would a Swing GUI for an applet, and the framework then translates that to a JavaScript result.
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