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Paper: The Aladin Java Applet Experience
Volume: 6, Twenty Years of ADASS
Page: 703
Authors: Fernique, P.; Bonnarel, F.
Abstract: The applet feature has certainly been the reason of the success of the Java language fast development: with a simple mouse-click it became possible to download remote executables and to run them via standard browsers such as Netscape or IExplorer. However, three years after its first release, many Java developments are in fact standalone applications which require an installation of the JVM (Java virtual machine) rather than applets. In which conditions is the applet feature a really applicable concept? This paper presents the CDS (Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg) experience of Java applets through the development of Aladin Java. We present the limitations that we encountered, and how to overcome them: support of all browser versions, insuring sufficient performances, dealing with the access restrictions to local disks and in particular keeping the code small enough to be easily downloaded.
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