Java class consensus?

Don Gilbert gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu
Sun Aug 11 12:04:11 EST 1996

one of the promises of java, which hasn't been fulfilled yet,
is that applets, java classes, etc., would be fetched only once, or 
whenever updated.

the current java browsers don't do this - they fetch a java
applet each time you reconnect to a java html page.  this is a big
waste of everyone's time.  having a local cache for applets is
the only reasonable thing to do.

there are beginnings of "standard" biology java classes out there.  but
i don't expect to see any more standardization with java than we have
seen with c, c++, fortran, etc.   there are many useful ways
to skin cats; don't expect to see cat skinning be locked in a single 

once the browser boys get their act together, expect to see
applets that persist on your local computer.  hopefully, they will do
this in a way that individual class files can be cached and reused
(thus a set of "standard" classes would speed up functions).

- don
-- d.gilbert--biocomputing--indiana u--bloomington--gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu

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