Chapter 10. Network Clients


10. Network Clients

Most applications written today require some network features. The standalone Java application is a relatively rare occurrence. Therefore, this chapter on network clients is valuable to most developers writing Java applications today.

Network program involves communication between a client and a server. The client is typically the application making some request for content or services, and the server is a network-based application that serves content and services to many clients. In this chapter, we focus on the client. In Chapter 11, "Network Servers," we'll provide server-related phrases.

Except for a phrase that deals with reading a web page via HTTP, the phrases in this chapter are all at the level of socket-based programming. Sockets are a low-level networking implementation. For most of your needs, you will want to use a protocol that is at a layer above sockets, such as HTTP, SMTP, or POP. Additional Java or third-party APIs are available for dealing with these higher level network protocols.

The java.net package provides the functionality for client-side networking that we will use in this chapter.

J2EE, which is not covered in this book, offers many more network-based services including full support for server-side Java web development. Network-related technologies included in J2EE include servlets, EJB, and JMS.




JavaT Phrasebook. Essential Code and Commands
Java Phrasebook
ISBN: 0672329077
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 166

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