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    Hello everyone, I am currently learning about applet in Java (actually quite new to this dimension). I have been searching some information about the applet and tried some coding regarding applet while at the same time discovered something about Javascript. From what I read, they look and sound quite similar to me. But, the fact is, I cant really make a clear distinction between these two. Is there any difference (like in a specific way) between those two? Is it that one is superior than the other or the other way round at the current being? I would greatly appreciate any guidelines/ help that can be provided to clear my confusion.


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    Default Re: difference between Java Aplet and JavaScript?

    Google should give you a good description of each of those.
    If you have any questions about what you find for either item, copy the text here and ask any questions you have about what it says.
    If you don't understand my answer, don't ignore it, ask a question.

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    Default Re: difference between Java Aplet and JavaScript?

    Quote Originally Posted by Norm View Post
    Google should give you a good description of each of those.
    If you have any questions about what you find for either item, copy the text here and ask any questions you have about what it says.
    Now let's talk about how Java and JavaScript differ. The main difference is that Java
    can stand on its own while JavaScript must (primarily) be placed inside an HTML document
    to function. Java is a much larger and more complicated language that creates "standalone"
    applications. A Java "applet" (so-called because it is a little application) is a fully
    contained program. JavaScript is text that is fed into a browser that can interpret it and
    then it is enacted by the browser--although today's web apps are starting to blur the line
    between traditional desktop applications and those which are
    created using the traditional web technologies: JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

    In my opinion, JavaScript's main benefit is that it can be understood by the common human.
    It is much easier and more robust than Java. It allows for fast creation of web page events.
    Many JavaScript commands are what are known as Event Handlers: They can be embedded right
    into existing HTML commands. JavaScript is a little more forgiving than Java. It allows more
    freedom in the creation of objects. Java is very rigid and requires all items to be denoted
    and spelled out. JavaScript allows you to call on an item that already exists, like the status
    bar or the browser itself, and play with just that part. JavaScript is geared to web pages.
    Java is geared toward where it is needed most at the time.

    These two paragraphs are extract from a website I searched. And there are two things that I cant really see it clearly as follows:
    -A Java "applet" (so-called because it is a little application) is a fully contained program
    -Java is geared toward where it is needed most at the time.

    the first sentence: Does this mean that applet is inferior as compared to Javascript in term of its functionality since it is only a little application, as in JavaScript can do more things than what an applet can do.

    the second sentence: where is it needed the most?(considering the word Java is referred to applet)

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    applet is inferior as compared to Javascript in term of its functionality since it is only a little application
    An applet can use the features of the java language to do the many things that the java language can do (with some restrictions).
    It is a fully contained program
    Javascript is bound to the browser and the html page it is in. It can control what the browser displays.
    There are many things it can not do. I'm not up-to-date on javascript and can not give a list of what one can do vs the other.

    For some projects, java is better. For others javascript is better.

    When traveling between two places, sometimes a train is a good way to travel and sometimes an automobile. Depends on lots of things.
    If you don't understand my answer, don't ignore it, ask a question.

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    okay, I think I get a clearer picture of this. thank you very much.

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