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RMI (Remote Method Invocation)
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RMI is the basis of distributed object computing in the Java environment. It defines how Java components can interoperate in a multiple Java VM environment. RMI provides the tools that programmers need to create distributed Java applications (objects) that can invoke methods on other Java applications that are running on other Java virtual machines, such as remote hosts across the Internet. Invoking a method is like asking another program to do something. A Java object must first obtain a reference to another Java object before it can invoke its methods. It may obtain these references via another Java application or it may obtain them through a naming service that is built into RMI.
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