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Your First Cup: An Introduction to the Java EE Platform by Sun Microsystems

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Chapter 2. The Java Platform, Enterprise Edition

This chapter outlines the features of Java EE, how it differs from Java SE and Java ME, and the basic concepts behind enterprise application development.

Differences between Java EE and Java SE

Java technology is both a programming language and a platform. The Java programming language is a high-level object-oriented language that has a particular syntax and style. A Java platform is a particular environment in which Java programming language applications run.

There are several Java platforms. Many developers, even long-time Java programming language developers, do not understand how the different platforms relate to each other.

The Java Programming Language Platforms

There are three platforms of the ...

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