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Java

A programming language. It is especially useful because it allows for software distribution to a wide audience. It was developed by Sun Microsystems.
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VRML condenses such information so that it can be transmitted by a Java applet much faster than was possible before.
We're also looking at a Java applet that communicates with an application server to manage transactions between a client and a remote server, and thereby facilitate electronic commerce.
The company offers Activator, which enables users to describe with the aid of dialog boxes the tasks that they would like a Java applet to perform.
They are also working with service providers such as IndustryNet to identify and deliver Java applets.
However, writing Java applets requires experience with object-oriented programming.
Then, the company could use Java applets to distribute the appropriate application features to the right people at each supplier.
We're determining when in the product life cycle Java applets could be used most productively; we're considering the security issues of making sensitive data available to suppliers; and we're looking at how much it might cost to implement the technology, both for ourselves and for our customers.
Furthermore, a critical mass of Java applets for engineering will be required for the technology to gain acceptance in the engineering community.
Over the long term, Kazmer believes that Java applets will have the greatest impact on communications, design, and the dissemination of information.
As manufacturers use Java applets to make more engineering information available on a design project's dedicated Web site, however, it may become easier to make sure that critical data are in one place and up-to-date.
Also, because Java supports multimedia applications, Java applets are likely to increase the types of data that can be communicated in a production engineering environment.
Engineers will benefit as suppliers use Java applets, for instance, to help customers select components," Kazmer said.
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