Applets are like the grandpa who sits in the corner and shouts at the kids. People who were close to him have fond memories of him. People who weren't close to him wonder why we still put up with him. Everyone prefers that the grandpa shut up, and the kids stop messing with him. However, killing him just..feels..so..wrong
IMO, as long as Java keeps applets alive, we will have to keep saying "Now, kids.. stay away from old grandpa, and play with this shiny new toy!" Killing the applets forum.. just..feels...wrong!!
I don't think applets are dead, they are just resting. Stunned. Pining for the fjords. But anyway, there are two classes of questions which show up in the Applets forum. There's the basic Java and basic Swing questions which are asked there because they just happen to be in an applet, and there's the configuration problems. The former could be shuffled off to more suitable forums, but the latter really need to stay there.
It might help to put something at the top of the forum page which says something like "Are you new to Java? Are you writing an applet? Then stop doing that."
I agree with Paul. Applets are a feature of Java, they pose a bunch of configurations problems that don't arise elsewhere in the Java world, and there are plenty of questions about them here - why wouldn't we have a forum especially for them?
Wishing that they didn't exist, or that people would use different technologies instead, really doesn't factor into that.
Ulf Dittmer wrote:Wishing that they didn't exist, or that people would use different technologies instead, really doesn't factor into that.