Jini network technology is an open architecture that enables developers to create network-centric services -- whether implemented in hardware or software -- that are highly adaptive to change. Jini technology can be used to build adaptive networks that are scalable, evolvable and flexible as typically required in dynamic computing environments.
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The Jini architecture specifies a way for clients and services to find each other on the network and to work together to get a task accomplished. Service providers supply clients with portable Java technology-based objects ("Java objects") that give the client access to the service. This network interaction can use any type of networking technology such as RMI, CORBA, or SOAP, because the client only sees the Java object provided by the service and,subsequently, all network communication is confined to that Java object and the service from whence it came.
When a service joins a network of Jini technology-enabled services and/or devices, it advertises itself by publishing a Java object that implements the service API. This object's implementation can work in any way the service chooses. The client finds services by looking for an object that supports the API. When it gets the service's published object, it will download any code it needs in order to talk to the service, thereby learning how to talk to the particular service implementation via the API. The programmer who implements the service chooses how to translate an API request into bits on the wire using RMI, CORBA, XML, or a private protocol.
The existence of the Java platform makes it possible to define the Jini networking technology which, in turn, enhances the value of the Java platform by making services available throughout the network. The Java platform specifies what is available on any particular machine that is running the platform. It defines a set of services (classeses and the Java Virtual Machine) that exist on a particular machine that can be used by the programss running on that machine. The Jini technology extends this notion of a platform from a particular machine to the network that connects machines which are running the Java platform. Jini technology-enabled services are not necessarily resident on any particular machine in the network, but are instead available to all of the machines through the network. The services do not need to be everywhere, but instead only need to be somewhere on the network to be available to all of the participants in the network.
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