one of the promises of java, which hasn't been fulfilled yet,
is that applets, java classes, etc., would be fetched only once, or
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).
-- d.gilbert--biocomputing--indiana u--bloomington--gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu