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Are applets suitable for a multi-player business-type game?

manuel boucherie
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Hello everybody,

I need to develop a multi-user web based business-type of game for my master thesis.
It´s a kind of game which rarely discussed in forums.

I´ve never programmed java web based apps, only the Swing-desktop type.

I´ve considered JSF but, after surfing the web I was discouraged, considering the considerable amount of bad reviews about JSF´s steep learning curve.

- SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT APPLETS ARE BETTER SUITED FOR THIS TASK

The game will have the following charaCteristics:

- iT´S A BUSINESS TYPE OF GAME - SIMULATING THE MANAGEMENT OF A "UNIVERSITY´S DEPARTMENT"

- Lots of forms form wich the players submit their answers and statistical graphics.

- The players must comunicate in a descentralized - real time - manner - but i need to "catch" their answers, so every communication and playing, must pass must be recorded through a server.

- 5-7 Players simulateously.

- Must be in Java.

- The players will play the game through their browsers.

- I will need - data mining and statistical processing abilities.

- Heavily database driven.

I would greatly apreciate someone´s kind help, since this is a rather unusual application and i´m a total "virgin" on Web development. (i´m a Mathematics major)


Many Thanks,

Manuel Boucherie.
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You could use applets for the user interface of the game. But you said the database part of the game is very important, so I would put the parts of the application which work with the database on the server. And having made that decision, I would then probably not bother to write an applet to interface with the server. Unless there was some reason to have complex processing at the client side, I would just write a regular web application with an HTML interface.

Don't let your opinion of JSF deter you from learning about web applications. JSF isn't the only way to write a web app; that would be like me saying "I heard that Norway is expensive so I don't want to go to Europe".
 
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