Chapter 1. Introduction

Introduction

1.1 Welcome to Java

1.2 Software development

1.3 The approach of this book

1.4 Getting started with Java

1.5 The Java Gently web site

Welcome to Java

Java is unlike any other language that has gone before. It is designed to work easily within the World Wide Web of computers through commonly available, user-friendly software called browsers. All computers these days have a browser – be it Netscape, Explorer or Mosaic – and all browsers are now Java-enabled. This means that you can scan through documents stored all around the world, and at the click of a link, activate a Java program that will come across the network and run on your ...

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