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Java Card™ Technology for Smart Cards by Zhiqun Chen

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Foreword

The book you are holding in your hands is a milestone in the history of the smart card. It epitomizes a radical change in the industry: smart cards are no longer closed proprietary products that can be created and understood by only a handful of technical gurus. They have become full-fledged programmable objects that can be readily integrated inside information systems using publicly available interfaces and widespread programming languages.

And what is the impact? Is it about an industry playing catch-up with the rest of the world? Not quite: smart cards are not just any computing platform. They are intended to be trusted. Smart cards may contain a key to your bank account, your use-rights as a subscriber to pay-television channels, or ...

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