Rethinking Interactivity with Java - Tutorial

Presenter John December (
Pre-requisites General knowledge of Internet/Web communication; no Java programming syntax required.
Scope Discussion of Java's significance, potential, and role in applications from a high-level perspective (no hardware, engineering, or software implementation will be discussed; no Java syntax or programming will be taught).
Abstract Java brings a level of interactivity to the Web that has never been possible before. However, without considering how this interactivity can contribute to meaningful and useful applications, developers may be led to create applications showing technical flash but signifying nothing. This workshop explores Java's potential for interactivity, discussing issues and suggesting high-level design approaches for developing the interactive content Java makes possible.We will not cover the syntax and the technical features of the Java language, but rather explore what interactivity means on the Web and what Java adds to it. You'll find this workshop useful if you are interested in learning more about what Java can and cannot do toward providing meaningful interactivity on the Web. You should have a general knowledge of the Web; no Java programming knowledge is required. At the end of this workshop, you will:
  • Know the key capabilities and functions Java brings to to the Internet and intranets for communication, information, and interaction
  • Understand a scheme for modeling user interactivity with Java that conceptualizes users, objectives, and shared workspaces
  • Have a list of high-level design strategies based on this scheme to consider in developing Java within an organization
John December is president of December Communications, Inc. ( and the publisher of Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine and several widely used and frequently accessed World Wide Web-based reference publications about the Internet and the Web. An experienced Internet writer, teacher, software developer, and author, he holds an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a PhD Candidate in Communication and Rhetoric at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is co-author of the books, The World Wide Web Unleashed and HTML & CGI Unleashed, and author of Presenting Java all published in 1995 by

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