Metadata is information that cannot be expressed in Java, but is nevertheless important for your Java application to work properly. Currently, metadata is expressed in separate text, Java properties, and XML files, but that poses a serious problem: code is disconnected from configuration, making development, deployment, and maintenance that much more difficult. JDK 1.5 addresses this disparity, capturing critical information where it belongs: right in your code.
Friday, May 21, 2004
The June 2004 issue of Linux Magazine has the article Metadata for Java by Cedric Beust.
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