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Are Applets widely used?

Jesse Torres
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Joined: Mar 25, 2004
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While Reading Marty Hall's Core Servlets and JSPs, I read the following on Applets:

Early in the evolution of the Java programming language, the main application area was applets...Now however applets are a very small part of the Java World.

How true is the preceding statement? Are Applets a very small part of the Java world? In other words, has Applet usage decreased?

Ben Fischer

Joined: Feb 22, 2005
Posts: 7
I would think so. Early on applets were where it was at, man. Now books like "Head First Java" (an excellent way to learn Java, by the way) don't even discuss them. There were a lot of problems with applets, some of them political, that probably held them back.

I know that Yahoo! still uses applets for their games, so they aren't dead technology, but clearly they didn't live up to Sun's hype and the current buzz is all centered on other things.
Jeff Bosch
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There was another factor hinted at in the original statement: Not only has the applet shriveled a little in importance, but other Java technologies have outpaced the applet in popularity and functionality. Applets still have their uses, but Java has found lots more ways to be useful.

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Jesse Torres
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Thank you all for your input!
Gregory Cranz

Joined: Sep 09, 2002
Posts: 9
Applets are still used. Their role has shifted. They are useful for animation, but it's usually faster to develop Flash. The biggest problem with Applets is that you are usually stuck writing for the 1.1 JRE because you don't know what rev of Java exists on the client machine.

Applets were very popular initially because they were the first way to provide a rich client experience through a browser in any kind of cross-platform manner. The majority of Web Application programming however has shifted it's focus to Server-based technologies like servlets, JSP & EJB's.

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Michael Lok

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 3
I know a lot of banks use applets to perform application level encryption. I believe there's not much use for applets in the GUI development.
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