Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

 --George Santayana

These are heady days for Java programmers. Commercially available for less than a decade, Java has nevertheless emerged as the language of choice for enterprise systems on nearly all major computing platforms. Companies and individuals with challenging programming problems increasingly embrace the language and platform, and the question faced by those who do not use Java is often when they will start, not if. The breadth and scope of the specifications and libraries defined by and under the Java 2 Enterprise Edition Specification—which both dwarfs and subsumes that of the Java language itself—makes it possible to write rich, complex systems without sacrificing ...

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