Tuesday, January 23, 2018

[ftzqznpc] Eulogy for Java applets

With the removal of NPAPI after Firefox 52, Java applets will no longer run.  This is unfortunate as Java was one of the few languages that had put some thought and effort into a security model and sandboxing, in contrast to the giant mess that is Javascript.  (Unclear whether Java's security model was any good.)  There were a great many fine Java applets (games, graphics demos) which did nothing but draw onto a canvas, requiring no additional privileges: it is a shame those will no longer run.

Can Java applets be resurrected in the brave new world without NPAPI?  Probably involves compiling a JVM into Javascript or Webassembly.

Also dead are Wolfram Demonstrations.

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