JAVA - you've probably heard about it. Java is a programming language that was designed to make programming platform independent. In other words, a program written in Java should run under Windows, MAC, Unix, OS/2, etc. equally well. Java is broken up into two sections, a complete program, or Application, that will run on it's own, and a mini-program, or Applet, that is designed to run from within a web browser. Because this is about creating web pages, we will be covering the Applet.
I won't even attempt to show you how to write your own applets. That is well beyond the scope of this tutorial. However, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of applets available that you can include in your own web page. The applets cover everything from animation, navigation, chat, special effects and games. A lot of the applets available are even free, especially for non-commercial web pages. When you are ready to try including Java applets on your own page, I would recommend starting at java.sun.com. They literally wrote the book on Java (as well as developing it in the first place).
All applets are incorporated into a web page in a similar manner. Most of the applets available on the Internet come with complete instructions on how to add it to your web page and how to change it's appearance to fit your needs. There are two HTML tags that are used with Java Applets.
As an example, two of the parameters passed to the applet above are:
Browsers without Java
If you place any HTML after the last <PARAM> tag, but before the closing </APPLET> tag, this will appear in browsers that do not support Java.