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advantages of JWS

 
Rajiv Chelsea
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http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-07-2001/jw-0706-webstart.html?page=1

Quoting from the article at the above mentioned URL

"Using markup languages to generate user interfaces proves advantageous due to those languages' ubiquity and light weight. However, a markup-language-based UI is fairly limited. Java Web Start overcomes this main limitation while preserving some of a markup-language UI's main benefits, such as using a network URL as a launching point, updating client applications without intervention, and so on. "

How does JWS help with "updating client applications without intervention" ?

 
Lester Burnham
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Each time a JWS app is launched on the client, JWS checks whether there's a new version available on the server. If there is, it offers to update the version installed on the client (or possibly even does that automatically, I don't recall the details). There's nothing the developer or the user need to do about it, hence "no intervention".
 
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Thanks for the ans
 
Maneesh Godbole
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@Lester,
Indeed. It does updates the version automatically.

@Rajiv,
Other than the advantages cited by Lester, you can also define the Java version required to run the application and that too will happen without your intervention.

Think of JWS as a easier method to distribute your applications, and update them on the client installations...automatically.
 
Rajiv Chelsea
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When we use JWS what components of the application are downloaded from the server?
and how is the application cached? in what file formats are they cached?

 
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