Inside Java :There are so many myths about Java. This month, I'll look at some of the more persistent ones, and try to dispel any doubt.
Java myths - fact versus fiction
Applets can read your hard-drive, and delete files
Any attempt by an applet to access local files will throw a SecurityException. If uncaught, the applet will crash, but no file access will occur.
Java requires a web browser. Java only runs in a web browser.
Java code comes in many forms. The most familiar to users is the applet, which runs inside a web browser. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Java is a hundred times slower than C, so you shouldn't ever use it for "serious" programming.