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Alternative to Web Start

Johnny Kewl

Joined: Apr 16, 2007
Posts: 8
I had endless problems trying to get Web Start going so I made a simple alternative.
You write your application, you drop it into a Tomcat folder, you put the URL in the browser page, the user can run it, or download it and run it later.

Its at http://coolese.100free.com/ and yes its free
Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
Posts: 1902

You know, reading the documentation for this... I'm still not convinced it's a better idea than Webstart.

Firstly, you don't have to buy a certificate from Verisign - there are alternatives. (I know for the apps I've been writing, I have been using such alternatives.) Second, yes, there are ways to do an install other than through their sandbox, but I think that the sandbox model - that you can download code without worrying about a potential attack, and being asked if it wants to do something beyond that little amount - is one of the draws of Java, not a detriment.

And, finally, I think your system actually takes a step back from the biggest benefit I've seen of webstart - namely, if there's an update to the application, with WebStart your application is automatically updated if you're launching online. It was designed to ease the deployment of clients and applications from a central server. Does your installer handle this?

Theodore Jonathan Casser
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Peer Reynders

Joined: Aug 19, 2005
Posts: 2930
Welcome to the JavaRanch "Johnny Kewl":

I apologize if I am mistaken. However a quick look at the White Pages tells me that "Johnny Kewl" is a most likely a fictitious name. The naming policy at the JavaRanch bans obviously fictitious names. "Johnny Kewl" is perilously close to "Johnny Cool" which is also likely a fictitious name.
Please adjust your display name to comply with the naming policy. Your cooperation is appreciated.
[ April 17, 2007: Message edited by: Peer Reynders ]
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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