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what does java service mean ?

Raj Ohadi
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Joined: Jun 30, 2006
Posts: 316
People often say "blah blah is a service written in java". Blah blah can be started and stoped by usually executing scripts. What does a service exactly mean ? why not just pack this service into a jar file so that everybody can use ? what's the difference between a service and a packed .jar including all service's code ?
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42955
Service is a very broad term that can mean all kinds of things; it sounds as if you're talking about a simple server. That would probably come in a jar file as well, so I'm not sure where you see the difference between the two.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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