Configuring memory with new applet plugin
I've been working with a third party enterprise solution that uses Java applets to run the front end on the user's machine. Depending on the user's roles and responsibilities, the typical amount of data that is loaded into the application can vary widely. Unfortunately, the common memory issue with the existing plug-in is amplified by SSL encryption, and our maximum usable heap size is limited 256M. Anything above that results in the JVM crashing. For most users, this is plenty, but for our super-users, 5 minute pauses between mouse clicks is not unheard of.
This far, I see that applet developers are being given the power to specify memory settings (certainly a good thing), but it also appears to be taking this power away from the users. I've installed build 10, and any attempts at setting -Xmx or -Xms have had zero effect.
Will users be able to adjust their applet memory requirements on a case by case basis, and if so, is the approach different from the old plug-in? Losing this feature all together would be disappointing. Developers can't always predict how much resources an application will need, particularly when users push the limits on the original vision, not to mention it breaks backward compatibility to some degree.