Can Java just shoot me?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Sun Nov 25 16:40:42 UTC 2007

Chris G wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 24, 2007 at 10:03:45PM -0500, Lamar Owen wrote:
>> We have found that the version number of the JRE has far more to do with 
>> whether Smiley (the name of the telescope) will run on a particular browser 
>> or not than the platform.  We test many versions from 1.4.2 on up, and there 
>> are too many version-specific hacks to be at all funny.
> I had this problem in reverse, we have an Oracle forms applet at work
> and it insisted on having JRE version 1.4.2_06 and rejected any other
> version.  I had to patch the applet to make it accept a later 1.4.2
> version that it actually works with perfectly well.
> So much for Java being 'platform independent'!  :-)

First, version dependence has nothing to do with platform independence, 
but if the applet worked with the check removed it wasn't a dependency 
at all - just a dumb applet checking something that wasn't necessary.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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