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There’s actually a lot more to networking than can be covered in this introductory treatment. Java networking also provides fairly extensive support for URLs, including protocol handlers for different types of content that can be discovered at an Internet site.
In addition, an up-and-coming technology is the Servlet Server , which is an Internet server that uses Java to handle requests instead of the slow and rather awkward CGI (Common Gateway Interface) protocol. This means that to provide services on the server side you’ll be able to write in Java instead of using some other language that you might not know as well. You’ll also get the portability benefits of Java so you won’t have to worry about the particular platform the server is hosted on.
These and other features are fully and carefully described in Java Network Programming by Elliotte Rusty Harold (O’Reilly, 1997).