created: 06/02/00; revised: 07/08/02, 06/08/03
This chapter discusses input and output (IO)
using the package
in Java 1.2 and above.
Input is data going into a program; output is data flowing out of a program. IO is frequently done using IO streams. A stream is a sequence of data flowing from a source to a destination. IO streams can be connected to a wide variety of data sources and destinations.
You have already used streams in reading data from the keyboard and in writing data to the monitor. Streams are used for much more than that.