Re: Is there an actual EXIT or QUIT command in java?

"Andrew Thompson" <>
2 Feb 2007 03:36:38 -0800
On Feb 2, 9:14 pm, Nigel Wade <> wrote:

...There are/were
platforms for which there is a JVM and applet plugin, but noWebStart. That was
my point. By promotingWebStartover applets you are unnecessarily restricting
the usability of the final product.

Is JWS Open Source?

I doubt it, but I do not know (& do not especially
care - I don't need the source for my purposes).

...Can it be ported to other platforms, or is it only available
on those platforms for which Sun have decided to create a version?

I am not sure if it is 'licensable' for other OS
manufacturers (I expect it is, just like the JVM)
or JRE(/deployment technology) makers.
I suspect it is. Whether they take up that
opportunity, is obviously up to them.

...I don't
know, I don't use it because until recently our main platform was sgi IRIX.
There was no JWS for IRIX,

OK - noted that is one situation where Java applets
will run, but not web-start, I will add that to the other
one I know of - IE running the MSVM.

Given it is the first time I have heard IRIX mentioned
around these parts, I expect it is not a big player in
the global scheme of things. (Please correct me if
I am wrong - is it big in the server area, running Java?) for Web based visualization applets were our only

Application with main in manifest, no good for you?
(I have had some success launching simple
apps. directly from a link on the internet, but
never took it very far.) Does IRIX support
launching 'applications with manifest' by
double clicking it, or from 'shortcuts'?

Note that despite some caveat's - I still see
JWS as ultimately the most 'reliable' way to
get applications on-screen. For every user of
'IE+MSVM' or 'IRIX' there are 5 users with a
pop-up blocker, or with browsers that do not
call the 'stop()' method, or browsers that only
load applets after 'activation'.. etc.

If needing to reach the maximum number of
users as practical, I think I'd go for a combined
downloadable application (with instructions, in
a zip/tar) and separately a web-start launch of
the same application files/resources for -
everybody else.

Thanks for the further info. BTW - I was not
aware there were OS's with modern Java, but
no web start. It is something to keep in mind.

Andrew T.

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