The cunning plan is to scale down the plugin technology in Java Developer Kit 9 and remove it completely from Oracle JDK and Java Runtime Environment in a future Java SE release.
Oracle admitted that plugins were outdated and modern Web browsers don’t need them. Chrome disabled Java in April last year, while Firefox also announced plans to kill Oracle’s technology.
Oracle has warned developers to find an alternative.
“With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers of applications that rely on the Java browser plugin need to consider alternative options such as migrating from Java Applets (which rely on a browser plugin) to the plugin-free Java Web Start technology,” Oracle said in a blog post to users.
Oracle acquired the Java plugin, in 2010. It is a bit like Flash and Silverlight in that it uses NPAPI, which is an ancient Netscape Plugin API. These plugins have caused more trouble than good and using one is like painting a large bullseye on your back and screaming “hack me”.
Some will be miffed at the plug-in’s exist. Some enterprises are likely still running older Web browsers that need Java, and created plenty of applets for it.