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Saket Barve
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Can anyone explain to me the difference between Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE)?
Since JVM executes Java programs I think it ought to contain a runtime enviroment too. So I don't see why Sun would want to provide a separate run time environment.
Awaiting feedback,
Maulin Vasavada
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to me,
- JRE is Java Runtime "Environment" which defines/provides "java" command and all executables like jar,keytool etc...
- JVM is a operating system PROCESS that handles the running of a code. if u run three java programs in three shells/windows then there are three JVM process running.
- JVM uses JRE (java command for e.g.) to do things.
hope it helps.
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