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Applications in Java

SVG is a specification of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and clearly the Web and SVG are intimately linked. The Web has moved on from being just the HTML language and the HTTP protocol, and the application has moved on from its old-fashioned disconnected desktop roots. But desktop applications still play a big role in this new environment, particularly when it comes to creating content.

There are many reasons why Java is great for SVG work; in particular, its relative platform-independence at least approaches the claim of “Write Once, Run Anywhere.” Another good reason for using Java is that it is an object-oriented language. This issue is open to debate, but whereas ECMAScript is certainly capable of using objects, Java is truly object-oriented. Object-oriented code is generally more likely to be reusable than procedural scripts, and systems built from objects are more likely to be scalable. Though nowadays it's true for many languages, it's worth mentioning that Java offers sophisticated support for XML technologies.


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