Apple has updated its implementation of Java for Mac OS X, now available for download through the Software Update system preference.
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“Apple has integrated Java really well into Mac OS X,” said Apple Java product manager Allen Denison. “A lot of developers like the command line utilities that we offer in the Unix implementation, but we also offer a GUI implementation so they can get a third-party tool like JBuilder and make their application look like a native Mac application. They can work in both worlds and feel comfortable.”
Denison told MacCentral that with this update, users will gain access to Java applications that they could not run before now. That’s because developers gain access to 60 percent more features than they had before, according to Denison. The previous release of Java sported 1800 classes, which the 1.4.1 release now has 2991 classes available.
The new Java v1.4.1 release also features myriad enhancements for Mac OS X software integration. 1.4.1 improves Java applet support, for example, for those Web browsers that support the Java Internet plug-in. Apple’s own Safari Web browser, presently in public beta testing, is such an application.
Java 1.4.1 is also up to date with the latest Java release from Sun, according to Apple. New features include built-in support for XML-based Web services, enhanced client functionality, and improved performance and reliability.
What’s more, Java 1.4.1 takes better advantage of Mac OS X’s Aqua and Quartz Extreme. Java applications now fully leverage the Universal Access features built in to Jaguar. Also, Java applications can be controlled through AppleScript, via
UI Scripting technology.
More details about Java are available from
Apple’s Web site, as well. The update measures about 26.1MB.