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The Java programming Language evolved from a language named Oak. Oak was developed in the early nineties at Sun Microsystems as a platform-independent language aimed at allowing entertainment appliances such as video game consoles and VCRs to communicate . Oak was first slated to appear in television set-top boxes designed to provide video-on-demand services. Just as the deals with the set-top box manufacturers were falling through, the World Wide Web was coming to life. As Oaks developers began to re cognize this trend, their focus shifted to the Internet and WebRunner, an Oak-enabled browser, was born. Oaks name was changed to Java and WebRunner became the HotJava web browser. The excitement of the Internet attracted software vendors such that Jav a development tools from many vendors quickly became available. That same excitement has provided the impetus for a multitude of software developers to discover Java and its many wonderful features.
Toylab- website featuring java games
Thinking in Java Java web site and free Java textbook (pdf).
EarthWeb's Gamelan Java Directory- The most complete collection of Java resources.
Java Applet Review Service- The Java Applet Review Service indexes and rates Java applets.
The history of Java presented here is really an abridged version of Sun'sWhat is Java? page written by Jason English. I would like to thank Michael C. Daconta for writing the wonderful book Java for C/C++ Programmers which provided an excellent introduction to the language for a C++ programmer like me and served as a great reference for describing the language features. I would also like to thank Ed Bott for writing the "Java Jump Start" article in the December 1996 Inter.net column in PC/Computing which pointed me to the best Java links.
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