2009-03-07

J2SE applets stability

Not so long time ago I was doing some research into spurious firefox hangs occuring on applet loading. Looks like sometimes SUN tries to sweep a problem under the carpet. Or even worse - they attempt to patch their way out.

None of these approaches work - as you get either "slightly dysfunctional" components or nasty quantum regressions.

As for the carpet - some of the tickets below are "not reproducible", despite the fact that people are reproducing that massively across multiple bugzillas. See comments for the mojebanka.cz ticket and the last ubuntu ticket too. Also - there're couple of tough tickets with massive votes which once disappeared from public bugzilla - I had a bookmark on that somewhere.

So, for those who firmly believe applets are stable and well-established piece of technology, here goes some plain data (somewhat biased - as this is a bugzilla anyway). Second line is version with delivered fix:

Well, actually, I don't think that applets are completely not feasible, but the browser/applet bridging seems to be somewhat shaky. My opinion is that applets are the most pluggable, secure and functional approach, at least for some of possible usage scenarios.

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