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Java Card Readers

Smart
cards, being small tamper-resistant integrated circuits stuck on
plastic, have long been adopted early in Europe. From the first
mass deployment on prepaid phone cards in France in 1983, and Carte Blue chip-and-pin
cards in 1992, to the wave of popularity
of SIM cards in GSM phones in Europe throughout the same decade.
Whether the familiar gold-plated contact smart card, or the newer
contactless RFID cards used on metros round the world (and coming
soon to your credit card, if you dare !), Java Card is the primary
application model.

But just as the information stored on a smart card is so difficult to
prize off without permission, its surprisingly difficult to find good technical
articles on Java Card. Which is why the Planetarium is a
fan of the Java Card 3.0
series Eric has been
blogging over the last few months or so.

From the shock
of a servlet running on a smart card, why
Java Card needed to evolve, the connected
vs classic profile in Java Card 3, to last week's the
detail on how Java Card has evolved from version 2.2, its a great read (
contactless or otherwise).

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