"1-Click" downloading debuts at Sun


I realize this isn't exactly a ground breaking development, but it's still a first here at Sun -- we've just released our first product to use 1-click download. Basically, this simply means you click the "Download Now" button, and we use JavaScript to start the download automatically -- no further clicks needed! And we did include an enhancement that makes our implementation unique by integrating the Sun Download Manager (SDM) directly into the 1-click experience. If you check "Use Sun Download Manager" before clicking the Download Now button, SDM installs as part of the download process and starts up with your product already loaded into its file list.

Granted our first product is a relatively small file which doesn't take great advantage of SDM's ability to pause, resume, and restart downloads, but once we roll out larger files, this will be a very effective solution.

As I wrote previously, there are still a number of caveats around using this feature, and it will take time to enhance its functionality to support many more products. But it's definitely the direction we're going -- to streamline the download experience and remove as many steps as possible. 

If you'd like to give it a try, start on the page Downloads for Java Web Services Developer Pack 2.0, scroll down the page until you see "Java Web Services 2.0 Tutorial," and click the orange Download Now button.


Comments:

Not so, the Indiana preview CD ISO image is also just a single click away. I can't begin to tell you how much better it is to not have to jump through hoops.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on October 31, 2007 at 05:39 PM PDT #

Hi Michael,
Thanks for your comment and pointing that out. I assume you're talking about the download on the OpenSolaris site here:
http://www.opensolaris.org/os/project/indiana/resources/getit/
It's great that it is available with 1-click on that page! However (and I realize this is somewhat a matter of semantics), the "first" I was talking about was with regards to products on the
Sun Download Center (http://www.sun.com/download/). The OpenSolaris site is a separate entity from the main sun.com web site and the mainly binary type downloads we host on SDLC.

Posted by Gary Zellerbach on November 01, 2007 at 02:05 AM PDT #

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