The word desktop has three meanings:
|Type||Screen Size||Keyboard||Software||Portability||Main Uses|
|Desktop||large||good||wide||not portable||word processing, heavy computing, programming|
|Tablet||small||none||lightweight||fit in a briefcase||web browsing|
|Smartphone||tiny||none||toy apps||fit in a pocket||telephone, web access to special sites|
The files on your desktop or stored on disk in C:\Users\user\Desktop\ and C:\users\Public\Desktop.
Oddly, Desktop also refers to a class, introduced in Java version 1.6, that lets you launch generic applications.
Surprisingly, Desktop is part of the venerable java.awt package. This was a stupid place to put it. Launching apps has nothing to do with GUIs (Graphic User Interfaces). I think Sun should have given it a more descriptive name like Launch. I can’t see the Desktop class having the remotest connection with the desktop.
With either a File or URI (Uniform Resource Indicator), it lets you launch a viewer to display the file, e.g. a browser, email client, The Desktop class allows a Java application to launch associated applications registered on the native desktop to handle a URI or a file. or a the associated open, edit or print application.
Unlike exec, you can use these features without knowing the name of the local command processor, browser, mail program etc.
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