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ZDNet: To Applet or Not to Applet


"At this point in their evolution, Java applets are most definitely not all-purpose Web-programming tools. For this to happen, applets would have to load/run as fast as JS/VBScript/DHTML scripts. Will it ever come to pass? Possible ... but don't hold your breath." At this point in their evolution, Java applets are most definitely not all-purpose Web-programming tools. For this to happen, applets would have to load/run as fast as JS/VBScript/DHTML scripts. Will it ever come to pass? Possible ... but don't hold your breath.

"Given this sobering fact, I'd strongly advise you to think twice before creating a Java applet. Stick with small, fast-loading applets that do the things which applets do oh so well (and JS/VBScript/DHTML do oh so poorly or not at all)."

This article was originally published on Oct 7, 2000
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