Java and WebSphere provide a solid base for developing large-enterprise applications. However, the training materials available often assume knowledge of object-oriented programming and system design. This text fills that gap by providing a step-by-step guide for creating and installing both client- and server-based Java applications using RAD 8, WAS 8.0, and Java 1.6.

Because more and more Java applications are moving to the server and using HTML for the user interface, there is a minimal amount of time spent exploring the Java GUI components. For the same reason, applets are almost completely ignored and AWT was chosen over Swing because of its ease of use. In addition, the detailed explanation of reference variables is delayed until ...

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