It's Not Flash -It's An Video Streaming Applet - With Java SE 6u10 Effect

I watched yesterday a streaming video session from Apache Con and recognized, that it isn't flash but an applet. The start time was very fast - it took about 2 seconds on my machine - the streaming begun almost immediately (Disclaimer: I'm using JDK16u10 und Firefox 3rc1 with the new plugin - Eclipse, Netbeans, Glassfish and JavaDB were already running - so the bytecode was probably precached....). Even more interesting - I looked at the code and it seems like the applet communicates with the HTML-page using JavaScript for the slideshow -  a perfect sample for liveconnect. I found the link to the origin applet as well. It seems like it was created long before the JDK 1.6u10 release. So - applets are back. The only problems is the name "applet". Because of it history - it is no more buzzword compliant :-).
Kudos to the German for providing (propably un-intentionally) this use case.


pretty cool,

And it is VERY fast, it starts streaming immediately when I scroll through it randomly. (but thats maybe the german server)

I recently even surprisingly noticed that applets are there where you would never expect them, e.g "Nvidia Smart Scan" which checks your *hardware* and tells you if there are new driver available. It even works for ATI cards - I still cant believe it ;-)

Or the 3d view of logitech products... also an applet.

Posted by mbien on May 27, 2008 at 01:23 PM CEST #

It starts very fast here in Amerika too. I didn't have any Java applications running so the JVM had to start up cold. Am using Firefox 3 and Java 6 Update 10.

Posted by Neil Weber on May 28, 2008 at 12:26 AM CEST #

wow, that is amazing.

I use OSX Leopard 10.5.2 with JDK6 installed. It runs blazing fast on Safari 3.

Posted by sakuraba on May 28, 2008 at 01:20 AM CEST #

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