It’s almost never a good idea to keep really old versions of software on your system that provide some sort of security or Internet access functionality. One of the worst technologies in this regard is Java. It seems like everyone wants to pick on every security flaw found in Java, probably because the language is so incredibly popular and it’s available on just about every platform on the planet. There have been all sorts of attempts by vendors to remove Java because it’s perceived as such a problem. Microsoft is now trying to take some action regarding Java. You can read the full details in Microsoft to block outdated Java versions in Internet Explorer on ZDNet. However, the short version is that if you’ve been holding off updating your copy of Java, you can’t wait much longer and expect it to continue working.
Of course, this news brings me to my books. A number of my books either discuss Java directly or rely on Java in some other way that depends on Internet Explorer support. For example, when working with Java eLearning Kit for Dummies, you need to use Java and if you’re working on the Windows platform, it’s likely that you’re using Internet Explorer. If you’ve also been limping along with that really outdated copy of Java, the examples in the book may not work after Tuesday (August 12). Microsoft has a way of slipping in updates at times in ways that people really don’t catch until it’s too late.
Mind you, I think this is a good update because old software is just too easy exploit by those nefarious individuals trying to steal your credit information and turn your computer into a zombie. Of course, updates can create havoc with book examples as well. If you do perform an update and find that you’re having a problem with an example that used to work in books that rely on Java, please be sure to let me know about it at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com. I want to ensure your book examples continue to run even after the much needed update.