The Amazing ActiveX - Part 1
Pat Magnan on July 13, 1999 at 17:02:09:
Very worth reading
I thought this was a well written, and informative article generally, I do have to make one comment though:
"Java Applets can only run in an internet browser environment."
This statement is false -- and glaringly so, Java can be run anywhere there is a Java Virtual Machine (VM), most people think that Java only runs in web browsers due to the fact that you get a pre-installed VM with the browser (in fact Netscape has made such extensive use of Java since version 2.0 that many early Java programmers used the class files that shipped with it to compile their programs on platforms that Sun didn't yet support, but Netscape did).
What might be a better way do say this is "on Windows platforms, one would not have to obtain and install a separate VM for Java, as many windows applications already are COM enabled", or leave the entire thought out, as Java is portable whereas (to my knowledge) ActiveX and COM is for Windows only.
Otherwise, I really liked the article.
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