Posted by joconner
on July 26, 2006 at 5:00 AM PDT
Forget about web applications for a moment. I've discovered that desktop applications can use scripting too.
I've ranted a little about scripting languages in the past, and although I still twinge at the name "Groovy", I'm beginning to recognize the utility of scripting in the Java platform. I even think desktop applications can benefit the most from a scripting environment.
java.script package APIs that make this possible.
In my opinion, the most important benefit by far is that you can allow customers to configure, enhance, tweak, and otherwise hack your applications. Oops, shouldn't have said "hack." Rewind. Restate. You can let them add customized functionality after you ship the product. The gentler learning curve for some scripting languages allows users to collaborate with you to create configurable, dynamic applications. That's good, right.
I put together an article that mentions other benefits of pulling scripting languages into the Java platform. The article also describes how to use the scripting APIs available in Java SE 6 (Mustang). The article
Scripting for the Java Platform is on Sun's Java developer website . Sample code and a downloadable demo application give you lots of examples to understand the new scripting APIs. Happy reading.