In case you didn’t happen to notice, Adobe released Flash Player 10 this week.
- Benchmarking Flash Player 10 (Updated) – Ars Technica
- Flash Player 10: Dazzling Effects, Better Performance... – Wired
I’ve downloaded it and it seems to work great. Not sure about performance, but it is stable and nothing I’ve crossed “breaks” at least.
Chrome/Chromium + Java – I didn’t know that!
When I’m not using my secondary desktop platform at work for image-building, I generally keep a personalized image on it with it loaded up with the latest weather radar or some other portal-type page.
Folks who drop by and visit me can see it and take a look at the latest news or information.
For kicks, I’ve been running the latest stable Chromium builds on it as the low-visibility GUI brings attention to the content, not the medium.
Normally when I load up the cool looking Talisker Computer Network Defense Operational Picture all the applets appear fine.
However, when I attempted it on that desktop system in Chromium, they did not.
First I checked to make sure Java was installed, it was (Java SE 6, update 7). It worked in IE 7 and 8 just find. It worked in Firefox just fine. But not Chrome/Chromium.
Strangely the page did load fine in Chrome/Chromium on my laptop.
I looked at the page code and it became clear that the applets were Java-based.
I typed about: plugins in the Chromium address bar and looking through the plugin list, found that Java was not listed, even though it was installed.
Off to the Googles!
Turns out Chrome/Chromium demands the developmental (beta) versions of Java; Java SE 6 Update 10 b32 is now available.
- Google Chrome Update - Java Plugin – Steve 2.0 Blog
- Website Issues : Plug-ins - Google Chrome Help Center
So if you are expecting Java applets (not Java Script) to work for some reason in Chrome and they don’t, this is the likely reason why not.
I’ve been running both the latest (public) versions of Java (Java 6, update 7) as well as Java 6, update 10 betas along side each other for quite some time now and not had any issues at all.
Anyway. There you go on that bit of interesting info.
Unrelated but cool:
- Chromium Blog: Content, not ‘Chrome’ – Looks into the developer’s mindset when thinking about the GUI interface experience for Chrome.
- User Experience (Chromium Developer Documentation) – Lots of more GUI design architecture standards.