This week, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) found and patched a huge amount of security holes in its Java plugin for Web browsers. While it's never a bad idea to plug security holes, the update comes after a well-documented spree of Java hacks.

But don't cry for Java's demise in the desktop browser. The platform is still massively important in enterprise-grade computing. In this video, Fool contributor Anders Bylund walks you through Java's ups and downs on the desktop and in the data center.


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