I’ve recently been evaluating mechanisms of doing bulk uploads through a Web browser, ie. without installing external software. This has involved me taking apart large amounts of other peoples’ code and trying to work out how they’ve done it.
Bulk uploads seem to fall into one of two camps:
- Java applets: these tend to be largely ugly, slow, and seem hit-and-miss as to whether they will be supported on a user’s browser.
- Flash applications: these tend to be overthought mashups but seem to work OK.
So why not Java? Well, I used Xcode on the Mac to write a very basic test applet using Swing, and got it working. Then I tested it under XP and Vista, noticing that I got the grey box of uninstalledness. That’s enough for me to want to ditch it.