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#1 Dennis H

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 05:03 PM

Howdy,

An icon for Java appeared on my desktop. Apparently I downloaded it somehow ??

I checked with Google and then went to the Java web site to look into it.

I read a bit, but frankly I am lost.Posted Image

Could someone give me a simple synopsis of what Java is about ??

Thanks for your time,

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 05:11 PM

The following is from the BC's very own Glossary pages:

Java

A programming language created by Sun Microsystems. The great advantage to this language is that source code for java programs can be easily made to run on multiple operating systems with little effort.

Java Script

A java script is a small java program embedded in a web page that you may visit. The instructs contained in the java script are executed on the computer running it, rather than being executed by the web server itself.

Java Applet

A Java applet is a Java program capable of doing more complex tasks than a JavaScript. The applet still requires to be run in a Web Browser, but does not have full access to your machine like a stand alone Java program does.
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#3 Dennis H

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 05:14 PM

The following is from the BC's very own Glossary pages:

Java

A programming language created by Sun Microsystems. The great advantage to this language is that source code for java programs can be easily made to run on multiple operating systems with little effort.

Java Script

A java script is a small java program embedded in a web page that you may visit. The instructs contained in the java script are executed on the computer running it, rather than being executed by the web server itself.

Java Applet

A Java applet is a Java program capable of doing more complex tasks than a JavaScript. The applet still requires to be run in a Web Browser, but does not have full access to your machine like a stand alone Java program does.



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Posted 05 July 2006 - 05:29 PM

Webopedia's definiton of Java

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#5 Dennis H

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 01:04 AM

Thank You for your replies KoanYorel and Animal.

From your replies I take it that Java is not some sort of malware, which was my main concern.

Thanks,

Dennis :thumbsup:


EDIT: When I click left on the icon a screen pops up that says: Java 2 Platform
Standard Eidtion
Version1.5.0
(build 1.5.0_06-bo5)

Is that ok ? Should I look for an update on their web site ?

Do I need Java ???

Thanks,
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Edited by Dennis H, 06 July 2006 - 04:13 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:48 AM

In short, Java is perfectly safe and malware free, and yes you do need it if you want the full benefits of web browsing (some sites need it to function properly).
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#7 Dennis H

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:54 AM

Thanks for your reply Floydoid.

Is Java something that needs periodic updating??




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Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:35 AM

Java is not malware, but always be careful about where, and from what site, you use it or its applets; like any execution code, it CAN be used to install malicious contents.
One should periodicially check for updates, since these often contain security patches, or enhancements that you may need for it to run some instances of the programme properly. Your Control Panel should contain the Java Control Panel, under the Update tab, you can have it check for updates automatically for needed updates.
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#9 Dennis H

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:56 AM

Thanks igweed. I found it and updated it.


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Posted 09 July 2006 - 11:17 PM

Was interested in this thread as once I ended up with an infection because of running an older version of Java(Run Time?).So of course I'd like to be able to keep this program as up to date as I can.
I checked and could not find a Java Control Panel when I go to my Control Panel.Please excuse my lack of computer savvy but what is the path to find it?
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