Java had the earliest of early-mover advantages, it set out to be what Flash became, it tried extremely hard to be what Flash became, and it's a very impressive technical achievement that it managed to completely fail at basically its only goal in a clear field with no competitors in sight and an entire industry supporting and training and giving seminars and cheering it on.
Flash became its own security nightmare, as did Java, but that's a different problem to that of adoption.
@natecull I wonder if one related factor was that Flash was first and foremost arbitrary vector animation, and Java applets were first and foremost "a UI that looks exactly like an extremely slow web page UI". I'm probably misremembering history on this though.
And yet wasn't a lot of the movie industry using Sun workstations at the time? Or am I thinking about Silicon Graphics and 1990s Sun was more of a corporate thing?
@natecull You just went beyond my experience with that last question.
What does come to mind is that Java UI widgets felt very similar in scope to Mac and Windows ones; nothing more domain-specific than that.
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