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Free Java & JavaScript

If you're new to Web authoring, you're probably wondering "What is the deal with Java?" and "What can it do for me?" Well, Java (and its cousin, JavaScript) are programming languages that allow small programs (or applets) to run on your computer when you launch a Web site. If you've seen a page that featured some cool effect, like scrolling text, or a pop-up window, odds are you're looking at a Java applet in action.
If you'd like to include such cool features on your site you have two choices. You may either learn how to write Java programs yourself (a tough task) or you can go to any one of the various sites on the Web that offer free Java programs. Below is a roundup of many of the best Java and JavaScript repositories on the Web. Many offer free Java applets, or "copy & paste" JavaScript, with instructions for including them on your site. Others offer tutorials for learning the languages.

DownloadJavascripts.com

Looking for free JavaScripts? This site offers over 6,000 free JavaScripts in 147 categories. Sections include chat, drop-down boxes, editors, fonts, forms, games, image effects, menus, music effects, polls, RSS, style sheets, transitions and more.

JavaScriptBank.com

This site serves up a growing collection of free, ready-to-use JavaScripts that you can cut and paste onto your Web pages. Categories here include MouseOver scripts, games, calculators, tools, clocks, forms and more.

ScriptDungeon.com

This site offers many helpful free resources for Webmasters and network administrators, including JavaScript, utilities and tools. The free code here includes PHP, Active Server Pages (ASP), and more.

MineField Creator

A handy free online tool, MineField Creator lets you easily convert JavaScript and CSS into a "Minefield." A Minefield is a script compression that clears out all unneeded white spaces, characters and comments, which ensures less memory usage when loading scripts into Web sites. The service is handy for sites that use many (or large) script files.

JavaScript 2

Looking for free JavaScript? This unique search engine indexes over 4,000 free JavaScript codes offered by the Web's major JavaScript libraries. This site also displays a dynamic list of the Web's top 30 JavaScript search keyword queries.

ACJavascripts.com

This site serves up a growing collection of free, ready-to-use JavaScripts that you can cut and paste onto your Web pages. Categories here include MouseOver scripts, games, calculators, tools, DHTML, clocks, forms and more. The site also includes other free goodies for Webmasters, including tutorials, search engine tips, and more.

FreewareJava.com

Here's a must-bookmark site for anyone who's interested in Java. This hefty site serves up free applets, tutorials, free zines, forums and JavaScript resources. Applets here include counters, clocks, games, search engines, menu & navigational applets, music and sound applets, slideshows, scrollers & ticker tapes and text animations. There are also interesting applets for manipulating images to create cool effects.

Java-Scripts.net

An informative, well-designed JavaScript resource. Each script is described and has instructions for implementation. Categories include scripts for browsers, forms, frames, images, links, timing and windows.

JavaScript Tip of the Week

No longer updated, but still a useful resource, the JavaScript Tip of the Week archive is a collection of 30 coding tips with complete source code, working examples, and commentary.

The JavaScript Source

One of the best, most informative resources we've seen on the Web for JavaScript. This site offers lots of free cut & paste JavaScripts for your Web pages. Source codes are included. Examples include background effects, buttons, calculators, calendars, clocks, cookies, equivalents, folder trees, forms, games, messages, navigational scripts, page details, password protection, scrolls, user details and much more.

Dynamic Drive

This unique site offers plenty of free, original Dynamic HTML scripts and components to enhance your Web site. An emerging medium, DHTML is an advanced form of JavaScript that can really make your Web pages come alive. Categories here include menus & navigation systems, document effects, scrollers, image effects, links & buttons, clocks, text animations and more.

Pulldown Menu

This popular, free JavaScript makes it easy for you to install a handy pull-down menu on your site, with a minimum of fuss. Includes handy instructions for installation.

JunkMachine

This popular free service allows you to easily create your own cool, eye-catching Java applets for your Web site. No knowledge of Java programming is required. The JunkMachine will generate HTML code that you can simply cut and paste onto your site. You can either use this applet at this site or download the necessary .class files and run the applet locally (which they recommend, due to the high traffic at this site). (This applet was formerly known as the JavaMachine, but had to undergo a name change for trademark reasons).

JavaScript 4 U

A helpful Web ring focusing on JavaScript sources for Webmasters. Includes scripts for scrollers; clocks, pop-up Windows, games, dates, forms, buttons, background changes, animation, menus and more.

JavaScript Kit

A regularly-updated resource for free JavaScript and Java, this site offers over 300 free scripts and Java applets and a very active JavaScript forum where developers can meet and discuss their script projects. There are also handy tutorials here, where you can learn JavaScript, DHTML and Webmastering. (Note: this site was formerly known as Website Abstraction).