User experience installing 6u10
I just tried the beta for JDK 6u10 and I was really excited! I've been doing a lot of work with Flash recently, but with the Quickstarter and the Java kernel I could imagine using Java instead. There were always two issues that spoilt the user experience of Java applets, IMO: the Java startup time, and the download time if the user doesn't have Java installed. The Quickstarter addresses the first of these, and the Java kernel addresses the second.
I have got a request, though. Installing Java is now much faster, but would it be possible to make the process simpler as well? Suppose you are using Windows, and you uninstall the Flash player through the control panel. If you now start IE and visit a site that uses Flash, all you see is a box inviting you to install the Flash ActiveX control. If you accept the installation, Flash is installed without the need for the user to answer any more questions.
It would be perfect if the Java installation could be this simple. I think it's easy for us to forget, as programmers, how confused normal users get when they use their computer. Every screen they see in the installation wizard is a chance for them to give up. If they are asked a question which they don't understand, they may give up because they are afraid their computer will go wrong if they answer incorrectly.
Thanks for all your work on Java technology and 6u10.