As you know, with the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, Apple has officially deprecated Java.
As I was reading my stash of Mac magazines from the 1990s, I found the following bit of news about Java on MacFormat Magazine UK, Issue 39, July 1996:
Java adds to Mac component choice
Apple will be integrating the Java Internet system into the Mac OS to strengthen the Mac’s ability to use the Internet efficiently. The unexpected move means that, like those in the rest of the computer industry, its machines will now be capable of running the Java standard, which is catching on quickly.
Java is a complex but powerful programming language specifically designed for creating applets — small programs that you can load from the Net. The programmer only needs to write his project in Java to have it work on any computer that recognises the technology. Apple intends to make the Java Internet system a part of its Mac and Newton operating systems; look out for Java facilities in the Internet suite Cyberdog and the multimedia program HyperCard, for example.
In basic terms, Java works in a similar way to Apple’s component system OpenDoc. Different Java applets can co-operate with each other, so you could use a Java word processor and add in an animation applet to give a visual representation of your main point.
Although Java won’t necessarily offer you any advantages over OpenDoc, it is something the whole of the computer industry seems likely to adopt, so you won’t miss out on some exciting Internet developments. And Apple sees a great deal of potential in OpenDoc parts and Java applets working together, giving you a wider choice of component software than owners of any other computer.