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Until recently, Java reminded me of the talented kid in school who keeps getting C's and B's instead of A's. "He's bright," the teacher says, "but he's not working up to his potential." So far, most Java developers have used this brilliant language in a tactical rather than strategic way. Java has enabled faster, easier, more flexible programming to develop traditionally structured applications within a conventional systems model. The bright kid, though, will soon be earning straight A's as developers and IT managers reach beyond Java's role as a development tool to discover its far greater value as a strategic asset. Without a doubt, the truly exhilarating promise of Java lies in dynamically structured applications deployed within a distributed systems model. Picture a world in which you can swiftly build distributed apps by reusing components, no matter what operat... (more)