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Grain ?????????

 
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I've heard words like "Fine Grain" and "Coarse Grain" somewhere,
but I don't remember the context. What topic are they related to and what is their significance ???
Thank you in advance.
 
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Cute little buzz words that don't really have any Java significance. They are just descriptors trying to convey how detailed the thing is.
Coarse Grained security would be like: NO your applet can't write to my hard drive.
Fine Grained might be: well you can write to my temp directory and you can read and write to my cookies, but not to anything else.
I've seen it used to describe listeners - how detailed they listen. I've seen it used to describe the micro handling of text by JavaServerPages. I've seen it used to describe the order of parsing a java file, and the order of presenting execution rules.
This is a fine grained explaination of your question (compared to my just saying "fine grained = more detailed).
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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