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Agile Java Development with Spring, Hibernate and Eclipse by Anil Hemrajani

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1. Introduction to Agile Java Development

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WHEN JAVA DEVELOPMENT KIT (JDK) v1.0 was released in January 1996, it was a fairly straightforward application programming interface (API). Over the years, Java has matured into a full-blown platform. From JDK 1.0 to JDK 1.5, we have been introduced to many new features, such as the Java Collections Framework, logging API, auto-boxing, generics, and more. Although most of these are useful, Java has also become more complex, especially after the advent of the Java Platform Enterprise Edition (JEE). JEE introduced such concepts as Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), which sought to simplify vendor-portable, enterprise-level ...

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