Trail: JavaBeans(TM)
Lesson: JavaBeans Concepts

The JavaBeans™ architecture is based on a component model which enables developers to create software units called components. Components are self-contained, reusable software units that can be visually assembled into composite components, applets, applications, and servlets using visual application builder tools. JavaBean components are known as beans.

A set of APIs describes a component model for a particular language. The JavaBeans API specificationdescribes the core detailed elaboration for the JavaBeans component architecture.

Beans are dynamic in that they can be changed or customized. Through the design mode of a builder tool you can use the Properties window of the bean to customize the bean and then save (persist) your beans using visual manipulation. You can select a bean from the toolbox, drop it into a form, modify its appearance and behavior, define its interaction with other beans, and combine it and other beans into an applet, application, or a new bean.

The following list briefly describes key bean concepts.

Beans vary in functionality and purpose. You have probably met some of the following beans in your programming practice:

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