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January 16, 2008

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Jim Weaver

Matthew,

You are right on target. If the user doesn't have this JRE, then the Java Kernel is installed as a result of invoking Java or JavaFX program. The order in which the bundles are installed is dictated by the needs of the Java or JavaFX program. As it has a chance, the Java Kernel will then install the rest of the JRE. This way, the program comes up quickly on the subset of the JRE that it needs, and the users machine ends up with the entire JRE (which automatically keeps itself updated).

Thanks for the great question, Matthew!
Jim Weaver

Matthew

Hi,

I have had a 'splinter in my mind' for some time and maybe you can help me.

I've been programming with Java for going on 9 years now. It's my tool/language of choice.

In the past 3 years I have been doing Rich Internet Applications using Flex, with Java/J2EE back-ends.

I used to write Applets back in 1999/2000 when Applets hadn't been totally condemned as yet.

I've seen the financial industry push the envelope and continue with Applets with great success. Although that is because those who really wanted to run those applications didn't mind the big JRE download.

So here's the splinter.

I had heard some time back about Sun splitting the JRE so you might 'get what you need' and if you wanted a lightweight run-time to run your Applets you may be obliged.

Is this the case?

And do you think that it is possible that Applets may come back and give Flex and Silverlight a run for their money?

Regards,

Matthew
Brisbane
Australia

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