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JAVA is a well-structured, easy-to-learn object-oriented language, similar to the established C and C++ Languages.
It is compiled as machine-independent byte code, so programs can be run on different operating system platforms such as Microsoft Windows, UNIX/LINUX and Apple Macintosh.
It is well-suited to the Internet and most browsers can download JAVA programs from web sites and run these successfully on the users own platform. This is accomplished by a Java Virtual Machine plug-in which is now incorporated in most browsers.
Downloaded JAVA programs usually conform to the Applet specification which imposes security restrictions to prevent applets from interfering with files or operations on the users machine.
Graphic applets greatly simplify the presentation of information, and their interactivity significantly speeds up the understanding and learning process.