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Concepts in Programming Languages by John C. Mitchell

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Portability and Safety: Java

 

The Java programming language was designed by James Gosling and others at Sun Microsystems. The language, arising from a project that began in 1990, was originally called Oak and was intended for use in a device affectionately referred to as a set-top box. The set-top box was intended to be a small computational device, attached to a network of some kind, and placed on top of a television set. There are various features a set-top box might provide. You can imagine some of your own by supposing that a web browser is displayed on your television set and, instead of a keyboard, you click on icons by using some buttons on your remote control. You might want to select a television program or movie or download a small ...

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