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Chapter 39. Network Programming > Java Simplifies Network Programming

Java Simplifies Network Programming

Not so long ago, programming network applications in any language was an ordeal. Sometimes it involved writing specialized system software that talked directly to network drivers—or even the network cards themselves. Programming IPX/SPX applications in DOS or Windows once required the programmer to write software interrupt handlers. With Java, however, writing some kinds of network applications is as easy as using println().

The thing that makes network programming in Java easier is encapsulation. Java hides the difficult, low-level network programming from you. This design enables you to concentrate on your application, not on the communications. In older systems, many steps were required to talk over a network. You had to


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