What is Java?

Java is an entire programming language resembling C or C++. It takes a sophisticated programmer to create Java code. And it requires a sophisticated programmer to maintain it. With Java, you can create complete applications. Or you can attach a small group of instructions, a Java "applet" that improves your basic HTML.

Running Java in a browser requires the Oracle Java runtime to be installed. This can be downloaded from

Java should not be confused with JavaScript, which is commonly used to enhance the browsing experience through more interactive pages.

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