These applets are written in compact, text-based computer languages, so they take up little bandwidth and are downloaded very quickly, making them ideal for adding sophisticated custom functionality to a web page that may be accessed over low bandwidth connections.
You can sometimes tell when an applet is running when a message is displayed in the browser border saying something like: “Applet ThisApplet running”.
Resources. The official Sun Java site provides the central resource for information on Java.
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