Discuss: When is it appropriate to use applets?

Last night my wife was enrolling in her university’s health insurance plan.  The insurance company’s website committed one of my biggest web development pet peeves: using a Java applet for a navigation menu.  This brings up my question: when is it appropriate to use a Java applet on your web site?  I’d appreciate your responses in the comments thread.

(As a side note, it was also very poorly implemented.  I got an error saying that I needed to make sure Java was installed for Internet Explorer on my version of Windows.  We were using Safari on the Mac!!)

2 thoughts on “Discuss: When is it appropriate to use applets?

  1. One of my biggest pet peeves about the applet is how poor its memory management is in many websites. You don’t get a lot of bang for the buck. It starts up and locks the browser for a second and then bam, i get scrolling stock reports. Once I leave the site, many times the java icon is still in my system tray and hogging some RAM. I have found very few things that need a java applet these days. I thought that they went out of style back in ’97. Use flash for ‘graphics’ and other newer methods for communication and dynamic content (AJAX, php, etc.)

  2. What if the ENTIRE page is nothing but a single applet?

    Using applets for weblications seems appropriate.

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