Softpedia Editor's Review for Java Runtime Environment
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Written by Giorgiana Arghire on May 15th, 2012
Oracle’s Java is a technology used on all major platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) to ensure a secure working environment for various applications. Platform portability is one of its major advantages and due to this, almost every piece of electronic equipment in the world uses Java technologies. Billions of PCs, mobile phones, Blu-ray players, printers, medical devices, car navigation systems or web cams make us of it.
Java enables developers to create software on one platform and provide it to users running other platforms. Thus, an application developed on Windows can successfully run on Mac or Linux and vice versa. Java Runtime Environment allows the execution of almost any software, from games to web applications and services.
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) incorporates a virtual machine (also known as the Java Virtual Machine), a collection of core classes and adjacent platform libraries. Actually, JRE represents a runtime environment for the virtual machine and is the part that allows users to run .jar applications (Java archive, proprietary Java format). During installation, Java Runtime Environment also deploys a plugin that facilitates the execution of applets within local browsers.
While Java sits patiently on the computer, it instantly acts when called upon. And that happens more often than you may think of. Whether you play online games or chat with your friends, Java is running in the background making sure you have an enjoyable experience.
Oracle's platform also features a Control Panel that allows the configuration of network and temporary Internet files settings or security certificates. You can also manage the settings of the JRE and access more advanced functions such as Debugging, Java console, Default Java for Browsers, Java Plug-in, JavaFX runtime, JRE Auto-Download or Security.
The Java Runtime Environment is also meant to be distributed by developers alongside their main Java application. This way, they make sure that you will be able to run their Java-written programs. It is used at large scale on various devices and has reached a usability level to the point where having it is not optional anymore.
Java Runtime Environment description
Here are some key features of "Java Runtime Environment":
· Write software on one platform and run it on practically any other platform
· Create programs to run within a web browser and web services
· Develop server-side applications for online forums, stores, polls, HTML forms processing, and more
· Combine Java technology-based applications or services to create highly customized applications or services
· Write powerful and efficient applications for mobile phones, remote processors, low-cost consumer products, and practically any device with a digital heartbeat
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
ENHANCEMENTS AND CHANGES:
· Before signed Java applets and Java Web Start applications are run, the signing certificate is checked to ensure that it has not been revoked. Advanced options in the Java Control Panel(JCP) can be set to manage the checking process. For more information on these options, see the Advanced section of the Java Control Panel documentation.
· Under normal circumstances revocation checking will have a slight impact on startup performance for applets and web start applications. Enterprises with managed networks and without access to the Internet (resulting in no access to the revocation services provided by Certificate Authorities) will see a significant delay in startup times.
· To avoid such delay, they may choose to disable on line revocation checking through the JCP. Note that disabling on line revocation checking should only be considered in managed environments as it decreases security protections.
New JAR Manifest File Attributes:
· JDK 7...