The return of the applet?
By John Clingan on Feb 12, 2006
There was a great chat about the return of the applet on last weeks "The Java Posse". In particular, they linked to c64s.com, a site that contains a Commodore 64 Emulator along with a boatload of games. I tried one game, Galaga RGB. That was cool. Click & play. No download. Nothing like a VM running in a VM
I'd like to hear your reasons for why applets were consumer-challenged (be cordial). Macromedia Flash sure had no problem with gaining acceptance. My thought of why applets never really caught on is because Microsoft never updated the JVM. I wish I had kept the "Microsoft Loves Java" button I got at a Microsoft Developers Conference in my pre-Sun days (1996??). The JVM was a rather large download for a dialup line. That didn't help.
Today, an up-to-date JVM ships with most PCs. I forget the percentage, but me-thinks it's in the neighborhood of 60%. The JVM also auto-updates (more or less), consumes less resources, and is darn fast. FYI, Firefox is chewing up 64MB of RSS while my c64 emulator JVM is at 87M.
Question is, do you think the Applet is "back"?
Do you think Java on the desktop (via Webstart or native application) is "back"?