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Technical Java™: Developing Scientific and Engineering Applications by Grant Palmer

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Chapter 14. The Java Class Libraries

In the preceding chapters, reference was made to the contents of the Java API. One of the things that makes Java such a powerful programming language is the enormous collection of predefined classes and interfaces that you can access. Java API refers to these libraries that you can download from the Sun website, from the apache.org website, and from other sources. You'll find that with Java a lot of the low-level programming work has already been done for you. You can leverage off of the built-in classes when you are writing your own.

The libraries are divided into packages according to the general function of the classes and interfaces that they contain. When you download and install the Java SDK, you are also ...

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