Chapter 1. The Status Quo

We Java programmers are comfortable with our technologies and development idioms. We can whip out JDBC (Java Database Connectivity)-laden Java code with the greatest of ease, integrate it with existing servlets and Java Server Pages (JSPs), and ship new releases of our systems with aplomb. At first glance, there don’t appear to be any compelling reasons for abandoning the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) status quo. We get our work done, sometimes even in the allotted time, and there is a certain satisfaction in working within a paradigm we ...

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