I start teaching another Java course in few weeks, I have two questions about Applets and tags: 1. Does your Java class spend alot of time teaching HTML when studying applets? 2. Do you learn how to use the <OBJECT> tag over the <APPLET> tag since the applet tag is now depricated? Just trying to update ideas into my Java course.
Personally, I think applets have been relegated to the fringe, and don't have much of a place in an introductory course. Especially if they're being taught to a group that doesn't already have some HTML knowledge -- they'd really be a distraction. I say Good Riddance! As soon as students start writing applets, they want to save files on the local system; as soon as you say they can't, they want to save files on the remote system, and you have to explain what that would entail. For this, and for a million other reasons, I think teaching applets to introductory students is a Bad Idea.