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Java™ ME Game Programming, Second Edition by Ph.D. Martin J. Wells, Ph.D. John P. Flynt

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What Is Java?

Java is an object-oriented programming language that you compile to byte code that runs on a virtual machine. In this respect, it differs from traditional programming languages such as C. The C programming language remains a strong foundation language, but it is also a procedural programming language (based on functions). C++ is the object-oriented precursor of Java, but to develop with C++, programmers compile their code directly to a specific operating system. (Microsoft has changed this picture with managed C++.)

ANSI-compliant C++ makes it possible to port code from one operating system to another with relative ease, but programs still must be recompiled as you move them from operating system to operating system. With Java, ...

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