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Java Hosting: Applet Basics

All About Java Hosting

Anyone using the Internet on a regular basis is likely to have come across Java; this, of course, is the software that was initially developed by Sun Microsystems, way back in the early 1990’s. Java can now be found on over 850 million computers around the globe and is the backbone that helps power many state of the art programs. Now there are many specialist web hosting packages that provide services to fully support Java hosting.

One of the biggest strengths of Java is that it is truly a cross platform language, with no portability issues; meaning that the same group of coding will work on both Linux and Windows servers. So the end result, when you make the conscious decision to use the services of a dedicated Java web hosting service, is that you will be safe in the knowledge that your websites are being shown off in all of their glory, allowing a much better experience for your website visitors. With the sheer volume of websites that are available, anything that webmasters can do to help make their site stand out will be of benefit; this is perhaps why more and more people are turning to Java hosting to maximize their users’ online experience.

When it comes to website designing, Java has 2 main features that are most commonly used; these are “Java Scripts” and “Java Applets”, with the applets being smaller pieces of code that are run from the Java website hosting server and the Java scripts being installed on the individual user’s machine. For the Java applications to work properly, a user must have the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) already installed on their particular device. In the event of the JVM not being installed, then the webpage will not load; occasionally, a user might load a page that will require a newer version of the JVM; this could be a frustration and might lead to the user coming away from that particular webpage. Thankfully, the creation and execution of Java applets can be a surprisingly simple thing to do, with many webmasters being able to become competent in this field in just a short amount of time.

In fact, there are a multitude of benefits to a website using Java applets, some of which include:

  • Caching: The Java applet will cache on most systems, making it much faster to load after the first use.
  • Sandbox: It will run in a sandbox on the user’s machine, without the user needing to be worried about having to trust the code, thus working without the need for security approval.
  • Real time application: The applets can work in real time, making them perfect for running instant messaging services, video conferencing applications, voice over Internet protocol (VOIP), and even online gaming.
  • Full access: It can have full access to the user’s machine, providing prior agreement is given.
  • Web browsers: Java applets are supported by the majority of web browsers.
  • Applet compatibility: The same applet is able to work on all of the installed versions of Java, as opposed to just the very latest plug-in.

There is no need to be alarmed at the thought of having to write your own Java applets, as there is an extremely large volume of these available on the Internet; furthermore, many of these are available as free applications. One important thing to remember when you do use Java website hosting is to make sure that you set up the class file on your service, which needs to be done in binary text; without it, any code that you have provided will be completely useless.

When it comes to finding the best Java hosting, an individual would normally be looking out for some of the following aspects:

  • Uptime guarantee: This is a measure of how confident the web hosting service is that your site will be online; there is nothing worse for a potential customer than trying to visit a particular site, only to find that it is down.
  • Support level and availability: No matter how experienced a webmaster might be, there will always be a time when they need to grab some assistance from their Java website hosting service. At this point, speed is of the essence; many people will be looking for a ‘live chat’ facility rather than having to send off a query email and then wait for some kind of response.
  • Value for money: Java web hosting can vary quite dramatically in price, making it even more important to shop around to ensure that the features and service offered represent good value for your money.
  • Specialist Java hosting: Because of the complexities of the Java system, it is much better to find a web hosting service that has been specifically designed to handle Java Server Pages (JSP’s), since these will work much better with such hosting services.

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