I have been learning to use JApplets, since they are part of Swing, and Swing is the new thing, right? But I just looked at the examples in the COde Barn and they are all based on Applets-- they don't even import javax.swing.*. And the JavaRanch cow quiz is based on Applets, not JApplets. Why is this? Should general consumption applets be based on Applet instead of JApplet, since I can't count on the user to have a 1.2 compliant browser plugin? Thanks in advance.
Yep, you're pretty much right when you say that you can't rely on the user to have a recent JVM. The Swing JApplet is also slower of course, like everything in Swing. If you find that you really need the features that Swing offers then just use the JApplet anyway and redirect users who don't have the latest version to the Sun website.