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SIMPLE MAN
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Joined: Nov 30, 2000
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what is the difference between plugin and applet?.
Brett Knapik
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a plug-in for what
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I presume "SIMPLE MAN" means a browser plug-in such as Adobe Acrobat or Shockwave.
Applets run in a Java Virtual Machine, which may itself be a browser plug in. Applets are downloaded and run as required, without restarting the browser, and a restricted in what they can do by a "sandbox", so they can't carry viruses or other damaging side effects. Applets are platform independent and will run in any browser with a Java Virtual Machine.
A browser plug in usually requires a browser restart once it is installed, it is very platform dependent only being suiitable for a particular processor and operating system. A plug in is capable of far more than an applet in that it can change files on your system, access peripherals, and so on, so you should be careful which plugins you install.


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Sean MacLean
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Don't forget about the Sun's Java Plugin which runs outside of the browser (for use with applets). This becomes a very interesting discussion if one is dealing with rmi or other security fussy technologies. Perhaps, Simple can be a bit more specific.
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