Flash -vs- Applets

Shane Hathaway shane at hathawaymix.org
Thu Nov 16 15:22:03 MST 2006

Michael L Torrie wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-11-16 at 13:00 -0700, Shane Hathaway wrote:
>> That would be great.  I would combine it with Jython so I can finally 
>> mess with the browser in Python. ;-)
> http://www.jython.org/applets/index.html
> Pretty cool.

Waaaa... I've seen that applet before, and it worked fine.  Today, 
attempting to load that page in Firefox 2.0 froze the browser and pegged 
the CPU until I killed the process after about 2 minutes.  Konqueror 
loaded the page, but the applet never finished loading.  Even after 10 
minutes it had not finished loading the 200K Jython library.  (The 
applet provides a convenient timer that shows it has been trying for the 
last 10 minutes.)

Bryan, does this illustrate why Java applets are currently a really bad 
idea?  Again, it's not really Java at fault here, it's the poor 
integration.  I suspect the JVM isn't getting the correct proxy settings 
from the browser, which explains Konqueror's behavior, but Firefox's 
behavior with applets is very nasty.


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