Java Development Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing servers and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • J

    Java Server Page (JSP)

    Java Server Page (JSP) is a technology for controlling the content or appearance of Web pages through the use of servlets, small programs that are specified in the Web page and run on the Web server to modify the Web page before it is sent to the user who requested it.

  • Java string

    Strings, in Java, are immutable sequences of Unicode characters. Strings are objects in Java and the string class enables their creation and manipulation.

  • Java virtual machine (JVM)

    A Java virtual machine (JVM), an implementation of the Java Virtual Machine Specification, interprets compiled Java binary code (called bytecode) for a computer's processor (or "hardware platform") so that it can perform a Java program's instructions.

  • JAVA_HOME

    JAVA_HOME is an operating system (OS) environment variable which can optionally be set after either the Java Development Kit (JDK) or the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is installed.

  • JavaBeans

    JavaBeans is an object-oriented programming interface from Sun Microsystems that lets you build re-useable applications or program building blocks called components that can be deployed in a network on any major operating system platform.

  • JavaFX

    JavaFX is a software development platform for the creation of both desktop aps and rich internet applications (RIAs) that can run on various devices. The name is a short way of typing "Java Effects."

  • JavaScript

    JavaScript is a programming language that started off simply as a mechanism to add logic and interactivity to an otherwise static Netscape browser.

  • JAX-WS (Java API for XML Web Services)

    Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS) is one of a set of Java technologies used to develop Web services... (Continued)

  • JBoss

    JBoss is a division of Red Hat that provides support for the JBoss open source application server program and related middleware services marketed under the JBoss Enterprise Middleware brand.

  • JDBC Connector (Java Database Connectivity Connector)

    The JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Connector is a program that enables various databases to be accessed by Java application servers that are run on the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) from Sun Microsystems.

  • JDBC driver

    A JDBC driver (Java Database Connectivity driver) is a small piece of software that allows JDBC to connect to different databases. Once loaded, a JDBC driver connects to a database by providing a specifically formatted URL that includes the port number, the machine and database names.

  • JHTML (Java within Hypertext Markup Language)

    JHTML (Java within Hypertext Markup Language) is a standard for including a Java program as part of a Web page (a page written using the Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML).

  • Jikes

    Jikes is an open source Java compiler from IBM that adheres strictly to the Java specification and promises an "extremely fast" compilation.

  • JMX (Java Management Extensions)

    JMX (Java Management Extensions) is a set of specifications for application and network management in the J2EE development and application environment.

  • JNDI (Java Naming and Directory Interface)

    JNDI (Java Naming and Directory Interface) enables Java platform-based applications to access multiple naming and directory services.

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