There are/have-been heaps of remoting frameworks in java, but RMI being part of the JRE/JDK and therefore having no external dependencies is my personal preference for remoting with java. Its main drawback: the wire protocol is not web-friendly and therefore difficult to go through firewalls (although it is possible). But if used behind the firewall, it makes for an excellent way to do distributed computing using only the JDK (OMG! only the JDK?! no Spring? or JMS?!). It does have several killer features that are found in very few (if any) remoting frameworks: callbacks and remote classloading. In this tutorial, you will see remote classloading. Ever since JRE 5.0, you don’t need to compile stubs (meaning you don’t need an extra compile-time step to get RMI working). I am guessing someone decided to do away with those and use the jdk dynamic proxies.

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