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Question: Can I run a Java application
through a web page? Can be a servlet used for this purpose or it can be done in
some another way?
Answer: Java Web Start -- a technology
for simplifying deployment of Java applications -- gives you the power to launch
full-featured applications with a single click from your Web browser. You can
now download and launch applications, such as a complete spreadsheet program or
an Internet chat client, without going through complicated installation
Java Web Start includes the security features of the Java 2 platform, so the
integrity of your data and files is never compromised. In addition, Java Web
Start technology enables you to use the latest Java 2 technology -- with any
With Java Web Start, you launch applications simply by clicking on a Web page
link. If the application is not present on your computer, Java Web Start
automatically downloads all necessary files. It then caches the files on your
computer so the application is always ready to be relaunched anytime you want -
-either from an icon on your desktop or from the browser link.
And no matter which method you use to launch the application, the most
current version of the application is always presented to you. Java Web Start is
localized into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified
Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
Java Web Start is easy to use: you can efficiently access, download, and
launch applications as easily as accessing a Web page.
Java Web Start 1.2 is now available for download as part of J2SETM.
Beginning with version 1.2, Java Web Start will be bundled with J2SE and will no
longer be a separate download.
Because Java Web Start runs independently of any browser, you can shut down
your browser or surf to another Web page and continue using your application.
Applications deployed with Java Web Start do not require a browser interface to
operate. To save time later, you can relaunch your desired application anytime
from the desktop icon, without powering up your browser again.
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