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Applet Developer's Guide
for JavaSE 6u10

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The content in this guide describes new features in this update release and supersedes all other Java SE 6 guides in the relevant areas (such as Java Web Start, Deployment, Java Plug-in etc.). These guides will be re-written in the next major feature release to narrate a more cohesive story.


Introduction

JavaTM Plug-In technology (hereafter the "Java Plug-In"), which is included in the Java Runtime Environment, enables Java applets to run in popular web browsers on the desktop. The next-generation Java Plug-In, new in Java SE 6 Update 10, provides powerful new capabilities to applets in the web browser, while improving the overall reliability and functionality of applets in a backward-compatible manner.

The next-generation Java Plug-In offers a completely redesigned architecture. Instead of executing applets in the same operating system process as the web browser, the new plug-in runs one or more Java virtual machine instances ("JVMs") which connect back to the browser for full interoperability with the surrounding web page. This architectural change offers many advantages and enables several new features.

This guide describes how to develop an applet, the architecture of the Java Plug-in and best practices for applet development.


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