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1. What is Java?
Last updated: 27 January 2013.

The Java programming language was developed by James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, and Patrick Naughton in 1991 at Sun Microsystems. The first version of Java was released in 1995. In 2010, Sun Microsystems was bought by Oracle Corporation.

Using Java, you can develop applications for a broad range of devices such as large servers, desktops, car navigation systems, tablets, mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital media devices (TVs, Blu-ray Disc players,...), smart cards (SIM cards, financial cards, health-care identity cards,...) and printers. To date, Java is one of the most popular programming languages in the computer industry.

Java is a portable and object-oriented programming language. Because it is derived from the C language, its syntax is very similar to the C language syntax.

The Java platform provides 4 technologies: Java SE, Java EE, Java ME and Java FX. The next tutorial will give you more information about these technologies.


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