14. The Platform Environment

An application runs in a platform environment defined by the underlying operating system, the Java Virtual Machine (Java VM), the class libraries, and various configuration data supplied when the application is launched. This chapter describes some of the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) an application uses to examine and configure its platform environment.

The first section describes APIs used to access configuration data supplied when the application is deployed or data supplied by the application’s user. The second section describes miscellaneous APIs defined in the System and ...

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