6.3. Java Versions

Java 1.0 was first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995 and took off in early 1996 when Netscape released Navigator version 2.0, the first widely used browser that supported Java applets. After a couple of bug fixes, Java 1.02 was released and is what most people mean when they say “Java 1.0.” Later, in early 1997, Sun released Java 1.1, which contained a wide variety of enhancements and new features, including:

  • A new event-handling model based on listeners

  • Remote method invocation (RMI) and object serialization

  • Support for inner and anonymous classes

  • Arbitrary precision integers and floating-point numbers

  • Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC) API for connecting relations databases

  • JavaBeans component architecture (Java's answer to ...

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