This week's giveaway is in the Java/Jakarta EE forum. We're giving away four copies of Java EE 8 High Performance and have Romain Manni-Bucau on-line! See previous version of RMI. Right now, RMI evolves JINI? Jini support WAP?
RPC is remote procedure call, it's a very old technology. RMI is Java's verison of RPC. Microsoft's version of RMI is COM/DOM, which extended their earlier OLE technology. Roughly, RPC, RMI, DCOM, are all very simiar. CORBA is also similar, although is a bit more heavyweight. I've heard claims that EJB and/or JMX are the next logical evolutionary steps after RMI.
Jini uses RMI, since Jini services use stubs to make calls on remote objects on the network, but Jini really isn't quite the same as RPC or RMI. --Mark firstname.lastname@example.org [This message has been edited by Mark Herschberg (edited February 07, 2001).]