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Enterprise Java Programming with IBM WebSphere by Daniel Berg, Greg Hester, Mark Weitzel, Gary Craig, David Pitt, Jim Amsden, Kyle Brown, Russell Stinehour, Peter M. Jakab

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Chapter 3. J2EE Overview

Over the years, the Java technology platform has grown out of its original applet client/server origins into a robust server-side development platform. Initial platform packages introduced built-in threading support and provided abstractions to I/O and networking protocols; newer versions of the Java Software Development Kit (SDK) continued to enhance these abstractions and introduce newer framework offerings.

The momentum of producing technology frameworks supporting enterprise server-based development has continued, and has been formalized into the J2EE platform offering. The motivation of this offering is to provide developers with a set of technologies that support the delivery of robust enterprise-scale software systems. ...

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