9.9. The Java Plug-In

The Java Plug-In (at http://java.sun.com/products/plugin/), once installed, allows browsers to run the most current version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). This permits you to deliver applets designed with the latest version of the Java Platform that can run on either Netscape and Internet Explorer. Reliance on the vendors to include the latest Java release in their browser is no longer required. However, this capability comes at a price.

First, the Java 2 Plug-In is a hefty 5 Mbytes in size. Downloading the plug-in for your “state of the art” applet is not a viable solution for an internet client, especially one sitting on the other end of a V.90 (56.6K) or slower modem. However, in an intranet setting, the situation ...

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