Basics Of Java Hosting: Java Applets
Java, the cross platform programming system from Sun Microsystems is a very simple, powerful and very very popular. Java hosting can be used in conjunction with HTML to in adding extra functionality to the web pages. There are a number of websites, which use the Java programming system to make their websites more interactive and easier to navigate.
One of the key strengths of Java hosting is the fact that it is a cross platform system. This allows Java to be able to operate on a number of different types of machines provide that they come with the appropriate Java libraries and a Java virtual machine installed on them. In fact it is one of the most popular and widely used cross platform systems that is used both online and offline.
When you are using Java code and Java hosting on your website, you are going to need a special web server with all the Java extensions available and the ability to identify the code written in Java than the one written in HTML. This provides you the confidence that the Java code would be perfectly sent to the client machine so that they can analyze and interpret the Java Bytecode. Thanks to the fact that Java is almost ubiquitous, you can rest assured that a number of people would be able to run it.
Another advantage of Java hosting is the ability to reuse the code of site (not to be confused with Java Bytecode). The code written for any of the purposes like email, computer network solutions, database administration and a number of other purposes can be easily used in any other application where required. Thanks to its cross platform nature, Java does not need to go through the processor specific or operating system specific aspects of the rather common platform dependent languages.
If a person wants to run a Java applet, he would be required to have the Java runtime installed on his device. If you are not sure that the potential visitors would be having the Java virtual machine installed on their computer, it becomes necessary for you to include the installer in your applet or to provide appropriate links in your Java hosting system from where the clients can download and install the Java runtime environment for their specific device.
In order to make sure that the Java code is included in your website properly you would be required to learn two additional tags. First up is the Applet tag. It is used just like any other HTML tag in the angle brackets like <applet>. It is a container tag so once you have opened it, unless you close the tag in your site code, your entire site design and functionality would go haywire and may even cause the Java hosting service to malfunction. The tag is closed just like any other HTML tag using </applet>.
The code of the applet is contained between these two tags. Each time an applet is to be called or ended, these tags would have to be mentioned. The applet also consists of ads, which describe various parameters of the given applet. They can thus decide the behavior of the given applet. This also goes on with the resources, which are required for this purpose. The tags included for this purpose are <PARAM>, which comprises of a name as well as a value. Parameter tag is not a container tag so closing tag is not required.
Once you have composed the applet all that is required is to copy and paste it into the code of your website and send the file to your web host. It is recommended that you must be really careful about the directory structure so that Java hosting service can get your applets working properly.