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What is the Java platform, and how does it differ from the Java programming language? What do Java SE, JDBC technology, and AWT stand for? The following resources answer these questions.

Unraveling Java Terminology by Dana Nourie
Java technology names and acronyms can be confusing for newcomers and experienced developers. This article defines the most common Java terminology in easy-to-scan, alphabetical order, and provides links for more information and downloads.

See how the technologies relate to the Java platform. Each item is clickable, so you can get the documentation on each technology instantly.
Books to Shorten Your Learning Curve by Dana Nourie
The right book for you depends on what you know. This article looks at some of the latest Java technology books, and who should read them.