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Core Java™ 1.1 Volume II - Advanced Features by Gary Cornell, Cay S. Horstmann

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Chapter 8. Security

Although Java is growing into a first-rate, general-purpose program language as its class libraries mature, that is not the reason for all the hype that surrounds it. We think it is fair to say that the excitement derives from the possibility of delivering executable content (applets) over the Internet (see Chapter 10 of Volume 1, for example). Obviously, delivering executable code is practical only when the recipients are sure that the applets can’t go rogue. For this reason, security was and is a major concern of both the designers and the users of Java. This means that unlike other languages and systems, ...

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