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Java Garage by Eben Hewitt

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Not-Applet Technologies

Some of these not-applet technologies include Flash rich user interfaces, Java WebStart, and of course Active X.

Rich user interfaces and client applications can be built now using Flash. The most recent version of Flash brings Action Scripting to the forefront, and features improved database access and XML processing over previous versions. Although Flash requires a browser plug-in too, and is arguably not easier to write than an applet is, Flash applications on the client are becoming more popular and useful, especially when integrated with the server-side Flash Gateway for Macromedia JRun or CFMX.

You can also execute ActiveX controls if you are in a Microsoft environment. These are commonly used to support such business ...

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