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Java™ How To Program (Early Objects), Tenth Edition by Harvey Deitel, Paul Deitel

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1.8 Java

The microprocessor revolution’s most important contribution to date is that it enabled the development of personal computers. Microprocessors have had a profound impact in intelligent consumer-electronic devices. Recognizing this, Sun Microsystems in 1991 funded an internal corporate research project led by James Gosling, which resulted in a C++-based object-oriented programming language that Sun called Java.

A key goal of Java is to be able to write programs that will run on a great variety of computer systems and computer-controlled devices. This is sometimes called “write once, run anywhere.”

The web exploded in popularity in 1993, and Sun saw the potential of using Java to add dynamic content, such as interactivity and animations, ...

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