As lead architect of the next-generation Java Plug-in, Ken Russell is passionate and convincing on the topic of client-side Java development and the return of the applet. In this interview
with Andrew Glover, Ken offers an engineer's perspective on the historic problems of applets. He then explains how the new
Java Plug-in has been re-written to run on a separate process from the Web browser, enabling applets to start fast, consume
the memory they need, and run without stopping or freezing the browser.
"No one's leaving" (Editor's Daily Blog, Java.net, October 2007) is an honest look into the skepticism surrounding client-side Java today.
"The return of the applet?" (Javalobby, February 2006) asks whether applets have been overlooked, and gets some very good response from developers.
The new applet experience" (Jeff Friesen, JavaWorld, May 2008) is a hands-on experiment in "new applet" development using JavaFX and tools found in
Java SE 6u10.