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Figure 8-2. Conceptualizing output and input streams as flows.
Note Java'suseof stream isanalogoustosaying“streamofwater”,“streamofelec-
trons”, and so on.
and sockets (networkendpoints).Javaalsorecognizesvariousstreamsources.Examples
include byte arrays, files, keyboards, and sockets. (I discuss sockets in Chapter 9 . )
Stream Classes Overview
The packageprovidesseveraloutputstreamandinputstreamclassesthatare
descendents of the abstract OutputStream and InputStream classes. Figure 8-3
reveals the hierarchy of output stream classes.
Figure 8-3. All output stream classes except for PrintStream are denoted by their Out-
putStream suffixes.
Figure 8-4 reveals the hierarchy of input stream classes.
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