Re: Java and ActiveX

Subject: Re: Java and ActiveX
From: Jim Purcell <jimpur -at- MICROSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 1997 15:10:41 -0800

Gillian McGarvey offers:

>I'm sure most of us are aware of the Java "vs." Active X debate. Many of
>us are already having to decide between NetHelp and HTMLHelp. The emphasis
> on the web as a software (and help) distribution medium will only
>I've recently done some research on these technologies and have discovered
>the following sites. I urge everyone to arm yourselves with technical
>facts about these "competing" technologies and especially about security
>issues. Let us not be swept away by popular opinion or marketing might!

<Java-related Web sites deleted>

I don't want to shill for Microsoft in this forum, but I wouldn't want
you to go home thinking that Java and ActiveX are mutually exclusive
options. Users of the Java Virtual Machine packaged with Microsoft
Visual J++ can use and create COM and ActiveX objects using Java. (COM
is the Component Object Model, the architecture underlying ActiveX
technologies.) An article by Guy and Henry Eddon in the April issue of
Microsoft Interactive Developer (on newsstands soon, or see explains the Java/COM integration model.
Most after-market books about Visual J++ include chapters on integrating
Java and COM. You can also check the Visual J++ online documentation. As
far as I know, the COM-enabled Java VM is implemented only on Windows 95
and Windows NT, but Eddon and Eddon point out that COM is a
platform-independent architecture.

For more information on interaction between Java and ActiveX, check the
ActiveX Web site (, or see marketing might in
action at,, and

Jim Purcell
jimpur -at- microsoft -dot- com
My opinions, not Microsoft's


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