For those of you that missed this one, Oracle has dropped a huge bombshell on us. In a blog post a few days ago, they announced that they are killing their Java plugin for web browsers (e.g. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox).
First of all, just what is the Java web plugin? Well there were a lot of websites out there in the past that had apps of all kinds in there. Things that allowed you to convert miles into kilometers, video players and even games. A lot of these apps were written in Java and would run in a web browser. At the time you would download and install the Java web plugin and you would be able to run these plugins inside of your web browser.
I am really glad that this is happening. We have seen a lot of people moving away from Flash towards HTML 5. In fact, Google and Mozilla have been blocking Adobe’s Flash player by default already. I don’t know about you but I don’t have the time to download software just to use the websites that I want to use. In fact, other than to play games I cannot remember the last time I had to use the Java web plugin.
From a security standpoint this is also a great move by Oracle because it was a horribly unsafe thing to run Java apps inside of any web browser. A lot of hackers would craft malicious website where if Java was running then your computer would run the Java app and then your computer would be infected with a virus. In fact, it was only recently that viruses started making their way onto Macs thanks to the Java web plugin.