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Chapter 15. Plug-Ins, ActiveX, and Java > Extending the Browser with Java

Extending the Browser with Java

If you’re tired of playing the plug-in game, there’s another totally different way to extend the browser’s capabilities: Java.

How Java Works in the Browser

Java is a platform-independent, object-oriented programming language created by Sun Microsystems. (Despite the similarity in names, Java is not related to JavaScript.) Java can create fully functional, freestanding applications. It also can create miniapplications, called applets, that run inside a web browser. Because Java is a complete programming language, similar to C or C++, Java applets can be as powerful and diverse as you like. Java applets are commonly used for everything from online games to animation and special effects to visitor counters, clocks, calculators, and navigation tools.


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