I haven't worked with Applets in a long time but I think they're the best for mass-market appeal. They are also a little different to WebStart apps since for some reason static variables are shared between separate applets (on the same page or site or browser
).... I don't know if it's because the VM is shared or some parts of the VM are shared and I can't find any info on it either.
I thought Applets are limited in speed - run in the browser thread? One thing is for sure, Applets are limited in memory by most browsers. I believe the common limit lies by 96MB. I was trying to run my game as an Applet, however it simply does not work due to the limit!
Yeah I couldn't find a way to specify VM options to an Applet to set things like memory size either. I can't see why speed is limited in applets though since Applets can start their own threads like any java app.
If you find anything out about the applet VM then I'd love to hear it!