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Sams Teach Yourself Java™ 6 in 21 Days by Laura Lemay, Rogers Cadenhead

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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Java

 

The thing that Java tries to do and is actually remarkably successful at is spanning a lot of different domains, so you can do app server work, you can do cell phone work, you can do scientific programming, you can write software, do interplanetary navigation, all kinds of stuff...

 
 --Java language creator James Gosling, interviewed by SearchWebServices.com

When Sun Microsystems first released the Java programming language in 1995, it was an inventive toy for the Web that had the potential to be much more.

The word “potential” is a compliment that comes with an expiration date. Sooner or later, potential must be realized or new words are used in its place such as “letdown,” “waste,” and “major disappointment ...

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