Chapter    6

Buffers

NIO is based on buffers, whose contents are sent to or received from I/O services via channels. This chapter introduces you to NIO’s buffer classes.

Introducing Buffers

A buffer is an object that stores a fixed amount of data to be sent to or received from an I/O service (an operating system component for performing input/output). It sits between an application and a channel that writes the buffered data to the service or reads the data from the service and deposits it into the buffer.

Buffers possess four properties:

  • Capacity: The total number of data items that can be stored in the buffer. The capacity is specified when the buffer is created and cannot be changed later.
  • Limit: The zero-based index of the first element that ...

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