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Applet Developer's Guide

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Java™ Plug-in technology (hereafter the "Java Plug-in"), which is included in the Java Runtime Environment, enables Java applets to run in popular web browsers on the desktop. The next-generation Java Plug-in, new in Java SE 6 update 10 release, provides powerful new capabilities to applets in the web browser, while improving the overall reliability and functionality of applets in a backward-compatible manner.

The next-generation Java Plug-in offers a completely redesigned architecture. Instead of executing applets in the same operating system process as the web browser, the new plug-in runs one or more Java virtual machine instances ("JVMs") which connect back to the browser for full interoperability with the surrounding web page. This architectural change offers many advantages and enables several new features.

The following topics provide more information about developing and deploying applets that leverage the next-generation Java Plug-in.

The following topics provide information about the next generation Java Plug-in.

The following topics provide information about the old Java Plug-in available before the Java SE 6 update 10 release.

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