[Edu-sig] Jython Poll: Java3D apps -- one click works or not?

Andre Roberge andre.roberge at gmail.com
Sun Jun 4 00:04:48 CEST 2006

On 6/3/06, Paul D. Fernhout <pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com> wrote:
> I'm wondering how suitable Jython would be right now for easy-to-install
> educational 3D apps in Python (e.g. PySqueak/PataPata, but could just as
> well be any Python 3D app that runs under Jython).
> So, I would be curious, for those who care to try it, what percentage of
> people on the edusig list who go to this Java 3D site,
>     https://j3d-webstart.dev.java.net/test/
> and click on one of the web start links, will actually see a 3D
> application window open up on their system and run properly without much
> effort?
> This is the simplest test (a rotating cube) so you could just click here:
>    http://download.java.net/media/java3d/webstart/test/HelloUniverse.jnlp
> One click and you are done (in theory, if your machine has a JVM installed
> and web start enabled).
> On my Debian GNU/Linux system, the first was a 4.6 MB download, after
> accepting a couple of Verisign certificate from Sun for trusted code. Then
> it just worked. After that, the other apps did not require much of a
> download, and all just worked. However, I've done lots in the past related
> to Jython and Java (including enabling web start for some tests), so my
> system certainly is far from being a stock one.

Works for me on Windows XP home edition.  It's so nice and fast.  I'm
envious: I'd like Crunchy graphics to be able to be like this ... but they
won't I'm afraid :-(

So far, we have:
> Debian/Gnome -- Yes
> Mac OS X -- Yes
> Debian/KDE -- No; No window
> VMWare Windows 2000 under Debian -- No; Empty window.
> [snip]
> If you try it, please mention what OS you tried it on too (Mac OS X, Win
> 2000, Debian GNU/Linux, etc.). Negative reports very much wanted too, so
> if you try and it fails, please let us know. Having webstart disabled
> maybe should count as a negative report, although I'd be curious the app
> it did run after enabling and how hard the issue was to resolve.


--Paul Fernhout
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