Yeah, I have a very uneasy feeling about Microsoft programming products. I give them Kudos for the Express IDEs they've made available for free, but I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't put all my eggs in one basket. In college, I had one class in Pascal. Then, in later years, messed around with QuickBasic. Back in 2002 I puttered around with VB6 for a long while, before finally, more recently, taking up C#. Now, however, I've been hearing some really great things about Java. I understand that SE5 incorporated features from C# that might have made Java developers want to switch to C#. I'm downloading wxWidgets and NetBeans.
Question: can applets run on just any old website? There's a game idea I'd like to eventually implement, where the game would just be textual. I'm wondering if Java or wxWidgets would give me the capability of authoring such a game that would run on my website and allow users to connect to it.