Writing Java Programs

You're probably already familiar with Java, if only because of Java applets. Applets—windowed Java applications designed to work in browsers—took the world by storm when first introduced, and all major browsers support some version of Java these days. You can find millions of applets on the Internet, and you can pick up whole banks of them for free. There are even applets out there that work with XML.

A Java applet takes up a predefined area in a browser and can display graphics, controls (such as buttons and text fields), text, and more. It's interactive because it runs in your browser. As mentioned, applets took the Internet by storm when first introduced. However, they're on the wane now, largely because of other solutions ...

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