Re: [stella] CAG -- looks both neat, and, um, icky at the same time! ;^)

Subject: Re: [stella] CAG -- looks both neat, and, um, icky at the same time! ;^)
From: Aaron Bergstrom <Aaron.Bergstrom@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002 19:19:25 -0600
Not sure I see the need to make the CAG a webstart app (downloading the bin each time to me has always seemed a waste if you're not worried about somebody dissembling code), but looks like you're off to a great start.

Actually, that's not how webstart works. If your machine is logged on to the internet, webstart checks the server from where the application in question was originally downloaded. Then JWS checks to see if the code has been altered since the application has been last used. Only then does it download the jar files. And even then, it only downloads the files that require updating. If the user doesn't have access to the internet or the user has the current version of the software, JWS simply runs the application from where it's cached on the user's machine. If you know what directory to look under on your computer you can find any code that has been run through JWS, so it's not really much of a defense against somebody disassembling the code.

Basically, JWS is a really user friendly way of installing Java software on just about any OS without the user having to worry about setting the classpath or memory heap. Heck, JWS will even put the application's icon on your desktop for you. Of course, a user needs to have Java2 and JWS installed on his/her system to get the application to run.

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Archaeology Technologies Lab, NDSU

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