The Future of Java and Mozilla...

Monday September 14th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with a question about Java that I'd like to expand upon and pose to our readers: "...Microsoft is in court with Sun about its Java license, right? Well, I think Microsoft is definitely going to lose the case and that means Microsoft's Internet Explorer won't be able to run Java apps. Would web sites just stop making Java apps because of this?"

So, let me pose a group of interrelated questions to y'all, based on George's question. Here goes:

1. What do you feel is Java's place in Mozilla's future? In Communicator's future?

2. Should support of Java (or lack of) on IE dictate tech strategy for Mozilla and Communicator?

3. How important is Java to you? Would it continue to have as much importance to you if IE could no longer support it?

Share your comments by clicking on "talkback" on this piece's titlebar. Good way to start off a week! Thanks, George!

#13 Re:

by Theodore Serbinski <>

Saturday September 26th, 1998 5:29 PM

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Well to answer some other question, if IE does lose Java, it still can be put in the browser. Even though Java won't be a standard part, Sun does offer a Java plugin that has all of the classes and will support JDK1.2 when it is released. This plugin makes applets even better and allows for more classes to be used that aren't support in IE or NN.

Also, Java is a very important language. Lack of support would hurt many websites, as the applets provide a vital role in up to the minute info and their cross platform characteristic.