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Beginning Android 4 by Grant Allen

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Chapter 33

Leveraging Java Libraries

Java has as many third-party libraries as any other modern programming language, if not more. These third-party libraries are the innumerable JARs that you can include in a server or desktop Java application—the things that the Java SDKs themselves do not provide.

In the case of Android, the Dalvik virtual machine (VM) at its heart is not precisely Java, and what it provides in its SDK is not precisely the same as what any traditional Java SDK provides. That being said, many Java third-party libraries provide capabilities that Android lacks natively, and therefore may be of use to you in your projects, if you can get them to work with Android's flavor of Java.

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