The application client container is the interface between Java EE application clients, which are special Java SE applications that use Java EE server components, and the Java EE server.

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The application client container is the interface between Java EE application clients, which are special Java SE applications that use Java EE server components, and the Java EE server.

This is an important (and somewhat complex) diagram, because the source text sentence from Your First Cup: An Introduction to the Java EE Platform so immediately relates to many analysis elements to date, and it raises some new questions.

Firstly, are all 'Java EE server components' contained (i.e. containable) ?

The 'application client container' has been given its own version of the *Serve Interface of *Container. Is this the same as (or related to) the *Serve Interface of the Java EE *Server ? And can a Java EE Server only serve via containers anyway ? Answers will have to wait until further clarifying source text (recalling that under UML™ Parsing Analysis one endeavours to model the available source text only, rather than injecting what one might already "know").

The concept 'application client' has been previously referred to in Your First Cup: An Introduction to the Java EE Platform:

Java EE servers are sometimes called application servers, because they allow you to serve application data to clients, much as how web servers serve web pages to web browsers.

Note that the above does not say 'Java EE application client'. To carry the new concept (with a usage Port to the *Serve Interface of the 'application client container') a distinct *Client_Application is introduced (in keeping with the UML™ Parsing Analysis naming convention used in this tutorial).

This diagram introduces another UML™ Parsing Analysis technique, the "nowrap" «wrapper» Component, which buffers graphically contained elements from the focus source text «wrapper» Component, as a graphical convenience.
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