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Java, A Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition by Herbert Schildt

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The Java Class Libraries

The sample programs shown in this chapter make use of two of Java’s built-in methods: println( ) and print( ). These methods are members of the System class, which is a class predefined by Java that is automatically included in your programs. In the larger view, the Java environment relies on several built-in class libraries that contain many built-in methods that provide support for such things as I/O, string handling, networking, and graphics. The standard classes also provide support for windowed output. Thus, Java as a totality is a combination of the Java language itself, plus its standard classes. As you will see, the class libraries provide much of the functionality that comes with Java. Indeed, part of becoming ...

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