Who needs Java?

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  1. garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    Yesterday, my System Prefs pane informed me that I had Java onboard.

    Today, it is gone. Does a retired guy running an iMac (late 2013) at home need it?
     
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    Only if you will be accessing web sites or apps that require Java. If you are not, there is no harm in just not installing Java at all.
     
  3. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Oops, I'm in the wrong place....I thought this was a coffee thread.:eek:
     
  4. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do I know if I am using Apps that require Java?

    Name a few.

    I typically run Firefox, Safaria, Pages and Aperture.
     
  5. Peace macrumors Core

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    NOAA Weather :

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/satellite.php

    Not a lot of apps that "require" Java.
    Please don't confuse Java with Javascript.
    Two different things.
     
  6. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That is interesting. I worked in Air Operations at two airlines and frequency look up pilot advisories, but these are published at the website of an airport 1 mile from my front door.

    In plaintext, but of course using pilot terminology.
     
  7. Xcallibur macrumors 6502a

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    Don't worry about it, a popup will appear if Java is required. I'm a developer and use a lot of apps, I rarely, if ever use Java.
     
  8. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Some banking websites also require Java. But as mentioned, if you open a website that needs it - you'll get a pop-up telling you so.
     
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    It is very unusual for an app to require Java any more. The only app I use that requires it is Crashplan's backup application. What is more common, but still not particularly widespread, is for a web site to require Java.

    None of the apps you listed require Java. Like mentioned, if you need Java for something you will get a popup telling you so.
     
  10. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The Adobe Creative Suite seems to use Java Applets. I use inDesign and Illustrator.

    And sorry about the typo in Safaria. It just proves that too much time surfing the web turns your world into an opera — Safaria.
     

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