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The status of Java on my machine:

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  9667 votes / 42%
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Does not apply (for reasons of availability, etc)
  713 votes / 3%
I don't know
  1296 votes / 5%
Java is delicious, when correctly prepared.
  3543 votes / 15%
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The status of Java on my machine:

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  • Applets disabled (Score:5, Interesting)

    by pavon (30274) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @11:34AM (#42616729)

    The browser plugin is disabled as that is the source of most vulnerabilities, but I still use Java on a daily basis for other tasks. I imagine that is fairly common for software developers, and have no idea which poll option corresponds to that.

  • Native widgets? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Ear Phantom (250084) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @02:27PM (#42618669)

    Nobody's invented a native widget in decades. The only reason SWT is still around is because of Eclipse, otherwise it would have died the same horrible death as all of IBM's other Java technologies.

    The problem with Java desktop applications is that the desktop itself is become irrelevant.

    Just compare the salaries of people writing Java desktop applications with those writing web apps or phone apps.

    Or don't take my advice...I've only been in the business of writing Java desktop apps for 15 years.

  • by Cimexus (1355033) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @08:38PM (#42621917)

    Right - I think this describes a lot of Slashdotters and am surprised this wasn't an option - "installed, but disabled in browser". Lots of software out there needs it. Minecraft being a prime example ... but there's plenty of other ones.

  • by _xeno_ (155264) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @09:28PM (#42622241) Homepage Journal

    Thing is, Java is enabled on my computer(s) but disabled in all of my browsers - that's been the setup for many months now.

    I just use the 64-bit JDK. It gets me the Java I need for work, and doesn't work in 32-bit browsers. Actually, I'm not sure the 64-bit version even includes the Java plugin. Which is just perfect, considering applets are useless and the only things I really need Java for are command-line development tools.

  • Java programs I use (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mister_playboy (1474163) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @10:09PM (#42622493)

    I've never had the Java browser plugin installed on this computer, but I do make use of Java desktop programs quite often:


    so Java is enabled.

  • Java IS delicious (Score:5, Interesting)

    by coder111 (912060) <{moc.liamrr} {ta} {redoc}> on Friday January 18, 2013 @07:22AM (#42624373)
    I also have disabled the APPLETS in THE BROWSER, but that's not the same thing as getting rid of Java. Java and JDK are wonderful tools, and I've been developing in Java for past 15 years.

    I still think it's the best language/ecosystem to use for development of serverside enterprise applications. Nothing else is even close in terms of maturity and support and availability of tools, libraries, frameworks, etc. Some other languages have more and nicer features, but the ecosystem and support of Java is the most important asset it has.

    And yes, it was a sad day when Oracle took over...

  • by devent (1627873) on Sunday January 20, 2013 @11:14AM (#42639061) Homepage

    LibreOffice is not a Java program. LibreOffice is not a Java program. LibreOffice is not a Java program. LibreOffice is not a Java program. The same with OpenOffice.

    (if you mean you need the Java for database access in LibreOffice, then that's something different. But since you wrote "Java desktop programs"...)

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