What is the difference between an ActiveX control and a JavaBean component?

John Zukowski

An ActiveX control is a reusable component written to take advantage of Microsoft's Component Object Model (COM). They basically execute well within browsers on Windows platforms but don't work anywhere else. While there are ports of COM to other platforms, you still need to deliver differnt binaries if you want your component to work there.

On the other hand, a JavaBean component is a reusable component written to take advantage of Sun's Java platform. Assuming the component was created following the JavaBeans specification, it will be reusable within any of the Bean building tools like JBuilder or VisualAge for Java, and deployable onto any platform that supports Java.

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