What are applets?

Applets are small applications, or programs, small enough that they can be delivered over the internet.

What are applets good for?

Applets are used for a number of purposes, such as games and animated greeting cards. My interest is in developing educational applets, in support of the teaching of science.

About the computer used to build this site

This site was initially designed on a Macintosh Performa 6290CD. This machine has served me reliably since 1996. The poor thing was being pushed to the max, and yes, I just had to retire the poor thing.

Performa 6300
The Apple Performa 62--/63-- series

In February 2000, I got my second computer: an iMac DV SE. I must say that it is one of the best computers computers I have ever used. I love it!

iMac DV SE
The iMac DV Special Edition

About the software used to build this site

After working with WYSIWYG HTML editors - Claris HomePage for NT and Adobe Pagemill for the Mac - it has become quite clear to me that writing in HTML *directly* is the way to go. I got especially frustrated with editors trying to read my mind and mess up my HTML.
I am now using using BBEdit from Bare Bones Software, a great HTML editor (for Mac only).

The applets themselves were programmed using the remarkably powerful Macromedia Director 7. Director 7 requires quite a bit of effort to learn, but the effort is well worth it if you want to create interactive multimedia.