Can't remember where that latest, greatest Java applet came from? Digital Equipment wants you to use its Alta Vista search engine to find it.
The company today announced a new function for Alta Vista that lets users search for Java applets by name. Although other search engines can look for mentions of applets in the text of a Web page, Digital claims that Alta Vista is the first to locate the actual code. The new function also lets developers tally exactly how many and what kind of Web sites are using their applets.
Users can search for specific applets, such as "TicTacToe," or can ask for the complete list of Java applets. The company says it has already located 24,000 Web pages that contain Java applets in the Alta Vista index of more than 21 million pages.
Three months after going live, Alta Vista pulls an average of 4 million hits per day, according to Digital.