JavaFX Running In Opera 10.5 (a hack)

I just had to post this. After I posted about two weeks ago while using Opera 10.5 pre-alpha about how Opera failed to use the Java Plugin and hence could not display JavaFX applets, I finally got JavaFX to run in Opera. Awesome. See below for images of Opera 10.5 with and without the hack.

Here is what you need:

  1. Download the new version of Opera 10.5 beta, which supports the Java Plugin instead of their old way including applets
  2. Download this Opera menu extension which provides an augmented developer menu
  3. Change your User Agent to identify the browser as Internet Explorer or Mozilla by going to “O Menu (top-left)” – > Page Tools -> Developer -> User Agent -> Internet Explorer
  4. Go to www.javafx.com, and you should get JavaFX to load in Opera smoothly (ok mine hanged a bit before it loaded the applet, but hey this is a beta so such things can be expected, but on refresh it loads in a Flash)

So now, all we need to do is wait for Oracle/Sun JavaFX engineers to update their browser detection code, so we do not have to use this hack.

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The War On IE 6

Recently Google openly declared that it would be dropping support for IE6 for most of its applications such as Google Docs and GMail. That is a bold step I side with. In the recent times, for all the web development work I do, I do not even bother to test in IE6 because I do not care for the user experience in that browser. Most of my work has been to develop content management related products for my websites, and I know most of my users are developers who are up to date with all the recent browser trends so they are well equipped for my products.

However, recently I got bitten in the ass by this lack of support for IE6 when a client viewed a website I created in it, and the result was terrible. I viewed the site myself and I was shocked by the horrors I came face to face with. See below for expected results and what IE6 renders; Continue reading “The War On IE 6”

Java Applets Are Still Alive

Over the past year or so, I have been wondering about the state of Java Applets with respect to the whole web2.0 transformation and the current RIA war that is going on between the major RIA players. I kept wondering whether or not Applets could compete. Basically with the release of Java 6 update 10, some semblance of hope was brought back into applet development.

Continue reading “Java Applets Are Still Alive”

Another Microsoft Mistake – Browser Rant

Through out the whole beta test period I used IE 8 and rather enojoyed it. However, I expected there to be another 3-4 months before the release of the browser, but it came so so much earlier, and as I expected, “the browser is still was tooooo buggy to be on the market”. As I have said in earlier rants, it is slow, although is does a great job at rendering the pages. And it tends to hang a bit too often.

Microsoft, you need to pick up the pieces.