The Java Extension Mechanism

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Extensions are packages of Java classes (and any associated native code) that application developers can use to extend the functionality of the core platform. The extension mechanism allows the Java virtual machine (VM) to use the extension classes in much the same way as the VM uses the system classes. The extension mechanism also provides a way for needed extensions to be retrieved from specified URLs when they are not already installed in the Java 2 SDK or Runtime Environment.
Overview Extension Mechanism Specification API Specification

The following classes play a role in the extension mechanism:

See also the API Details section of the mechanism specification for notes on these APIs.



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