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From Elias Sinderson <el...@cse.ucsc.edu>
Subject Re: new console-swing team
Date Fri, 21 Nov 2003 18:38:37 GMT
Sonnek, Ryan wrote:

> [...] Any opinions on applet vs. webstart?

WebStart, hands down. Developing an applet that is *truely* cross 
platform involves a great deal of overhead for testing and results in 
code that has, IMHO, an unacceptable amount of special cases to deal 
with the irregularities specific to certain OS x OS version x browser x 
browser version combinations. WebStart, on the other hand, provides a 
more standard execution environment (plus secure system services that 
simply aren't available to applets). Further, the fact that WebStart 
will cache byte code on the client means that the user is spared the 
pain of downloading an applet everytime they want to run the console. If 
there exists a compelling reason to use an applet over WebStart, I have 
yet to see it and would welcome the information.


Cheers,
Elias

P.S. WebStart, no contest.  :-)


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