No. Nope. Not the same.
They two are different creatures that share only an object philosophy and a similiar name.
- Java is a compiled programming language, comparable to languages such C, C++, or Pascal.
Everything from small applets (tiny programs) to entire shrink-wrapped applications are being created in Java. Many in the programming world predict that Java will eventually replace C and C++ as a language of choice for application development.
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Within the Web environment, the most common use of Java is to build applets, small programs that launch automatically from within a Web page. When the Web page loads, these applets are launched and begin to run on your local computer. While the applet runs, your browser sits quietly by.
On the plus side, running a Java applet doesn't consume server time. It makes it possible for small, self-contained programs to be delivered via the Web, but run locally on individual computers. However, downloading Java applets has some people concerned about security; in corporate environments, Information Systems departments sometimes set up procedures to screen out external Java applets and prevent them from being downloaded. These IS managers fear (rightly or wrongly) that the applet could infect the system or be, in some way, a threat to the network.