Java has been the rock star of computer languages since its introduction, receiving the kind of publicity normally reserved for presidential scandals, sugar substitutes, and professional athletes who turn to a life of crime.
The biggest reason for the hype has been applets: Java programs that run on the World Wide Web. The first exposure of most people to Java was when Netscape Navigator began running applets in late 1995.
Although Java can be used today for many things beyond the World Wide Web, a sizable number of programmers are still learning the language to write applets.
Last week you focused on learning about the Java language itself, and all but one of the programs you created were Java applications. ...