The Last Tiny Thing To Do Before Applets Take Off Again

The support for applets in Java 6 SE update 10 is amazing. The Mozilla 3.0 plugin was totally rewritten, the start-time was drastically improved (1-2 seconds on my machine). You can even deploy WebStart applications as applet now. Applets can be dragged from the browser and even installed as WebStart (this functionality is experimental).  WebStart applications can be deployed as applets as well. I'm experimenting with applets right now, and I'm really impressed. Applets are fully configurable (with -Xmx as well), run out-of-process (so they do not block the browser) and can interact with JavaScript.

The only thing, which has to happen is the RENAMING of applets to something else, first suggestion is: "richlets".


I am for strangelets

"The stability of strangelets depends on their size."
and never forget:
"If the strange matter hypothesis is correct, and a strangelet comes in contact with a lump of ordinary matter such as Earth, it could convert the ordinary matter to strange matter." think twice before detaching a strangelet from your browser

Posted by mbien on June 09, 2008 at 04:58 PM CEST #

I don't agree since "rich" from RIA will one day be a fad buzzword that disappears. I would rather people realize that applets have improved rather than renaming it. I don't think people are so simple minded that they need a different word to realize it has been improved.

Posted by on June 09, 2008 at 06:37 PM CEST #


try to mention Applets in a public place :-).
My experience is: just mentioning applets, makes not really excited. However this changes after some demos and explanations.
The same problem with EJB 3 :-),

thanks and regards,


Posted by Adam Bien on June 09, 2008 at 06:56 PM CEST #


Renaming the Applet concept is welcome, from a marketing point of view, and from a technological point of view.

"Richlet" is buzz-centric.

Regarding Sun terminology we have:
- Midlets (Mobile)
- Servlets (Server side)
- Portlets (Container/Portal oriented)
- Applets (Client side)

The first task is to define what is the scope of the new concept.

A Rich Client side app ? a Web-connected RIA app, with JWS ?

Then, we can define a set of adapted prefix before "lets" ;-)

Posted by petrus on June 10, 2008 at 12:51 PM CEST #

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