Monday, June 23, 2008

Cross-domain unsigned applets

Wow, I completely missed this in the Java 6 Update 10 release notes: it is now possible for unsigned Java applets to connect to servers other than the one it was served from, which means you can easily implement client-side mashups with an applet without having to sign it.

The great thing about this is that it doesn't really break the sandbox security model, which still protects the user's local machine from any damage from malicious applet code, but it makes applets a whole lot more useful in the Web 2.0 world.

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