Plugin2 experiences, feature request
Hi kbr and plugin2 designers/developers,
Just wanted to give some notes about my experiences with Plugin2 from the build in jdk-6u10-beta-bin-b13-windows-i586-p-06_mar_2008.exe. Everything generally worked ok with my applet, first of all! So, great work so far. The java_arguments parameter worked great, it was cool to see the new javaw.exe child process with my parameters show up!
The browser status bar (in IE or FF) is no longer getting status updates with Plugin2. Is AppletContext.showStatus() not going to print stuff to the browser bar anymore, or is that feature just not implemented yet? Currently, when AppletContext.showStatus() is called with Plugin2, the string goes to the Applet console as "Applet status: %s".
The only reason I ask is that I use the browser status bar in a decidedly Web 1.0 way to print tooltip-ish information for the user. And, I use the Applet console to print license and debug information, so I'd like to keep the console to myself.
If the old Applet status functionality is going away/changing, what is the best way at runtime I can detect that the old semantics will not be followed? Is there a system property I should check? I'd rather do nothing if I can't set the browser status and I'm filling up the Applet console with status yunk.
Java plugin2 shutdown seems noticibly longer than plugin1 under normal runs. Testing under IE6, FF2, and FF3 the shutdowns all seem much longer. I'd say on the order of 5+ seconds versus maybe 2+ on plugin1 depending on what the applet was doing. Not a big deal other than the browser processes are held up and risk having the OS showing their