This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
If the server the applet is trying to connect to is not the same as the one where the applet was served from, then that is not allowed by the applet security restrictions. See HowCanAnAppletReadFilesOnTheLocalFileSystem for information regarding the two ways around this.
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