A walking tour of JavaBeans

What JavaBeans is, how it works, and why you want to use it

The Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1 hit the streets in February, bringing with it a new API called JavaBeans. JavaBeans is the software component architecture for the Java language. Why should Java developers be interested in this component technology? In this article, we'll start with a brief explanation of component technology and why it's useful in system architecture. Then we'll look at JavaBeans to see what features the Beans API provides. We'll finish with a preview of a regular series of articles that will explain how the new core APIs work with and within Beans, and how to use the JavaBeans API to create your own software components.

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