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J2EE™ and Beyond: Design, Develop, and Deploy World-Class Java™ Software by Art Taylor

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TCP/IP Networking

A network can be considered a series of points along a line. These points are nodes, and the electronic network provides high-speed communication between the nodes. A network provides this communication using a protocol, a preassigned language for communication, and a predetermined format for a data buffer or information packet.

The data buffer or packet is transmitted between nodes and is a combination of the actual data being transmitted and information about the data packet contained in the packet header. To transmit a packet, a node may set a flag in the packet header indicating that the packet is being transmitted to a specific target; the target address may also be included in the header. Once transmitted, a packet may ...

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