Explanation of Java
TO SEE JAVA APPLETS, YOU NEED TO GET A CURRENT VERSION OF NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR OR MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER!!!
Overview of Java
Java is a new programming language, developed by Sun Microsystems. Using Java, people can write programs to make the web more exciting and interactive (and to solve the mathematically incompetent browsers we have - see HTML 3.0 Math Specifications) Being platform-independent, Java programs can be run on any of the many platforms supporting it. These include Macintosh, Windows 95/NT, Linux, Solaris, and many others.
Applets and Applications
An applet is a Java program designed to run right in a web page through a Java-enabled web browser. To view these, you need to get a Java-enabled web browser. These include recent versions of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
An application, on the other hand, is a program that does not run in a Web Browser, but on its own (with the help of the JDK). These are more versatile because they can actually read and write to files, which applets cannot (except for images on their originating server). Thus, you can actually "save" something when you're working with an application. That's why I wrote StereoGrinder as an Application, and not as an applet. To view applications, you need the Java Developer's Kit (JDK). The JDK includes all of the tools you need to work with and develop Java Programs. It's really cool. After you have installed the JDK, and made the correct changes to your path - usually done in AUTOEXEC.BAT on the PC through the lines:
After you have done that (or changed the path stuff for wherever you decided to put the JDK), you can move on. To run my applications, get to the directory where you've put EDU\IMO\ stuff and use the java interpreter (java.exe on the PC or java on UNIX) like:
You can also use appletviewer, which comes with the JDK, to view applets in resizable windows. All you need to do is get to a directory with the HTML file which references an applet, and type something like:
And that's it!