Java beyond the browser: The channel metaphor

Marimba's Castanet addresses several constraints of Java applets

When Java landed on the world stage in the spring of 1995, it represented a paradigm shift for the software industry. It demonstrated a new way to administer and deliver software in the dawning network age. Java technology was well suited for networked environments because of its platform independence, built-in security mechanisms, and robustness. Java applets showed how software could be administered on a single server and downloaded to multiple clients via a Web browser. When a new version of a program was ready, only the server needed updating. Clients would automatically download the new version the next time they accessed the Web page.

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