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Ray Marsh
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No idea what RMI is or does.
Paul Wheaton suggested that I post it.
I have an RPG back ground not C so Java is very greek to me.
Sorry for the style snafus, Paul, I don't even understand the terminology yet, but I'm tryin.
Any good tips on Javadoc would be appreciated.
Thanks, Ray
 
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I'm gonna move this message over to the RMI forum.
 
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RMI is Remote Method Invocation.
The basic idea is that your client program uses what looks like a normal class, only all the meat of the class is sitting on another machine. You don't care, you use the class as if it's on your machine. Java makes it all that simple.
Suppose you have a big database and you want your users to access it. You don't give them each a copy of the database, you give them a little program that accesses the database. An RMI class will have methods like getListOfNames() that is available on your client program. But the meat behind the method is actually sitting on your server with the database doing all the hard work to provide the list.
Pretty spiffy, eh?
 
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