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Why Java?

by David Anthony James / April 8, 2006 8:39 AM PDT

Please could someone tell me what Java is and in what circumstances I would need it on my computer?
Thanks, Waggoner

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Three things
by joesmithers06 / April 8, 2006 8:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Why Java?

1: It's another name for coffee

2: It's a programming language

3: It's a runtime environment

Java is used to create little programs called applets (and even regular desktop apps in some cases) that run inside your browser. That's about the only time you'd need it on your computer.

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Have you tried Google?
by Coryphaeus / April 8, 2006 8:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Why Java?

In short, it's a way of displaying web pages. Animations and interactiveness (is that a word?).

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Java - which version
by David Anthony James / April 8, 2006 5:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Have you tried Google?

Thanks for the info. Had a look at the Java site but am baffled as to what would be best to download. I mainly use my computer for research and playing music. My grandson uses it for homework and surfing the web. I am not interested in games. With these details in mind I would welcome advice on which would be the best Java download.
Thanks, Waggoner

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Windows. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 8, 2006 9:13 PM PDT
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by David Anthony James / April 8, 2006 11:24 PM PDT
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Thanks Coryphaeus, I will download from that link.

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