In This Chapter
Looking at applets
Creating an applet
Creating HTML to display applets
Testing applets with the applet viewer
An applet is not a small piece of fruit. Rather, it's a Java application that's designed to run in a browser window on an Internet user's computer. When an Internet user visits a web page that contains an applet, the Java applet class is downloaded to the user's computer and run there. The applet takes over a portion of the page and, within that space, can do anything it wants.
Applets are Swing applications — at least, in most cases. As a result, everything that's covered in Book VI applies to applets.
In this chapter, you create applets that include Swing components. Then you add an applet to a web page so that anyone who views the page can use it.
An applet is similar to a Swing application, with several crucial differences: