This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
By reversing the normal process of passing a stub. A server isn't so much a machine or a process -- it's a role that a program can play in a distributed environment. In this sense with RMI, a server is any process that exports a stub that can be passed to a client for use. A client is any process that is "aware" of the service interface and will use the stub to call on a server's methods. A typical scenario might look like this: 1) One client process calls a server process and gets a stub. 2) The "initial client" passes a stub to the "initial server" as a parameter via one of the server's exported methods. 3) The initial server calls on the initial client via one of its exported methods, passing data as a parameter. High-level view, but I hope it gives you the gist.
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