6.2. Myths About Java

When Java burst on the software scene in 1995, many misconceptions popped up. Because some of these misconceptions still persist, we'll try to refute the most prevalent ones here.

Java Is Only for the Web

When Java was first introduced, the majority of hype revolved around creating Java applets. Certainly, Java applets can run in Web pages; however, Java is a general-purpose programming language and does not require applets or the Internet. You could use Java to write a new driver for a color printer or even to write a numerical integration library. Java is not limited to the Internet. That's not to say that Java isn't the language of choice for Internet programming. With support for database connectivity, Java Servlets, ...

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