Google Chrome : Java Glossary

To use the Java Web Start application on this page, you should have a recent Java installed, preferably 32-bit JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.8.0_05.
Google Chrome Google Chrome

Google has released an open source browser based on Apple’s Safari rendering engine. The current version is 23.0.1271.97 Last revised/verified: 2012-12-13.

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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
~ William Shakespear (born: 1564-04-23 died: 1616-04-23 at age: 52) Marcellus in Hamlet Act I scene iv

There is something a little fishy about Google. First they discontinued support for Java Applets, but maintained the fiction they were by having a button to turn it on. It does not work in beta either. They have fiddled with Java Web Start to make it clumsy to use, rather than a one-click as intended. Why are they trying to ruin Java Applets while simultaneously promoting Java for use inside Android cellphones?

Second, Google Chrome seems to be the only browser that can deal with Google Adsense and Google Translate reacting so slowly. There is a technical reason for this — their superior multi-thread JavaScript engine. However, it is almost as though the deliberately hobbled Google AdSense so that Chrome would look better compared with other browsers. They properly should fix AdSense, Translate and the like to work properly in any browser when the Google server is slow or the proxy server is slow.

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Java Support

Chrome’s support of Java is incompetent to the point of malice. Nether Java nor Java Web start work when you first install Chrome.

You can coax Java Applets to partially work by installing a special Chrome version of Java including a complete JRE version 1.6.0_29 and plug-in DLL (Dynamic Link Library) for Chrome. Once that is done, Chrome will start using your 32-bit 1.8.0_05. You can then uninstall the obsolete JRE version 1.6.0_29. However, even then Chrome keeps asking permission over and over to run an unsigned Applet as if there were something dangerous about it. It re-asks even for the same page and even if you have previously told to it accept Applets from this website before, especially if you load from local hard disk. Further, Chrome randomly fails to render some of the Applets on a page. Every time you reload the page a different set of them will render. Further, it keeps reloading pages for no reason at all, sometimes with Java, sometimes without. This is too incompetent for words. A student who handed in a program in a first year programming course would get failing grade for this sort of half-assed effort.

Once you have Applets working, you can tackle making Java Web Start work, using this Easter egg.

  1. Go to the SetClock Java Web Start page (or any other JWS (Java Web Start) app).
  2. Click the orange launch button.
  3. Download the *.jnlp file to a temporary directory. You can discard it later.
  4. In the bottom left of your screen you will see word setclock.jnlp with a tiny downward pointing arrow just to the right of it.
  5. Click the tiny arrow.
  6. Tick off always open files of this type.
  7. Now try launching SetClock again by clicking the orange launch icon. It should ever after start properly.

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