The Java Virtual Machine Specification

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Addison-Wesley, 1997 - Internet - 475 pages
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The virtual machine concept represents a platform-independent set of computer instructions for compiling Java programs for multiple platforms. This abstract component of the Java language provides the mechanisms for exploiting portability, efficiency and reliability. This text, aimed at developers responsible for performance tuning, security, reliability and other system-level programming issues, presents detailed machine-independent information, which provides readers with sufficient details to implement the abstract design in a range of technologies. Readers are guided through elements of the abstract machine design as well as strategies for creating concrete interchange formats for compiled Java code.

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Contents

Java Concepts
5
Structure of the Java Virtual Machine
57
The class File Format
83
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About the author (1997)

Tim Lindholm, Distinguished Engineer in Java Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc., was an original member of the Java project at Sun. He was a key contributor to the Java programming language and remains the senior architect of the Java virtual machine and the Java 2 runtime environment. He is also the Technical Editor of The Java(TM) Series.

Frank Yellin, Staff Engineer in Embedded and Consumer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., was an original member of the Java project at Sun. He has spent a decade working on the runtime systems for interpreted and compiled languages. Previously he worked at Lucid, where he focused on multitasking, garbage collection, interrupts, and the compilation of Common Lisp.



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