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Java Development Kit (JDK)

A Java Development Kit (JDK) is a program development environment for writing Java applets and applications. It consists of a runtime environment that "sits on top" of the operating system layer as well as the tools and programming that developers need to compile, debug, and run applets and applications written in the Java language.

Contributor(s): Bob Metcalfe
This was last updated in September 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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