Most of the hours in this tutorial focus on apps, primarily because most Java programmers today don't do a lot of work designing applets for the World Wide Web. Writing applets is a good way for beginners to develop their skills as Java programmers for the following reasons:

  • Applets are usually smaller in scope, making their creation a less daunting task.
  • You can find thousands of sample applets on the World Wide Web, including many with the source file available from which to learn.
  • You can make applets available to a global audience at low to no cost through the Web, exposing your work to more people who can offer comments and suggestions.