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Differences between J2EE and J2SE

What are the main differences between J2EE and J2SE and what is their overall functionality?

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J2SE is considered the foundation edition of the Java platform and programming environment in which all other editions are based. J2EE is the edition of the Java 2 platform targeted at developing multi-tier enterprise applications. J2EE consists of a set of specifications, APIs and technologies defining enterprise application development. J2EE technology providers expose tools, frameworks and platforms that handle a good deal of the details of enterprise application infrastructure and behavior. J2EE implementations enjoy all of the features of the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) platform with additional frameworks and libraries added to support distributed/Web development.

This was first published in September 2003

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