Dan Gillmor’s journal has an entry today on a new IBM technology called weblets, which are downloadable Java classes that somehow utilize the DOM to provide functionality in a browser window. To me, they sound like they provide the capability to create JavaScript-like functionality in Java. In other words, you can write Java classes that aren’t restricted to being embedded within a page like an applet. Since DOM support is required, they only work with MSIE 5, and Mozilla (which will probably be released someday).