The first exposure of many people to the Java programming language is in the form of applets, small and secure
Java programs that run as part of a World Wide Web page.
Though you can do similar things with Macromedia Flash and other technology, Java remains an effective choice for Web-based programming.
Java Web Start, a protocol for downloading and running Java programs, makes it possible to run applications from a Web browser as if they were applets.
In this chapter from the book SAMS Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, by Rogers Cadenhead and Laura Lemay, you'll learn how to create both kinds of Web-based Java programming as you explore the following topics: