8.3 GUI Application Delivery Comparison

Several options are available for delivering your Java-based, client-side GUI application on Mac OS X. Table 8-2 provides a chart comparing these various delivery mechanisms.

Table 8-2. Packaging options for GUI applications
 

Double-clickable JAR

Mac OS X bundled application

Applet

Web Start

Packaging requirements

Entry in JAR manifest

Specific directory and packaging requirements

HTML file

HTML file and JNLP file

Development complexity

Minimal (standard Java development)

Additional Mac OS X configuration

Use Applet Runner

Significant relaunching within Web Start

Portability

Closest to "pure" Java

Doesn't force incompatibility; unfamiliar to non-Mac OS X users

Extensive browser testing required

Closest to "pure" Java with network connectivity

Functionality

Full

Full

Limited by Sandbox, browser JVM

Limited by digital signature

Sandbox

None

None

Browser

Web Start

Mac OS X user experience

Varies per testing on Mac OS X

Preferred

Varies per testing on Mac OS X

Generally preferred over applets for network-delivered applications



     
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