Features of java.io.File in the JavaTM 2 Platform

The File class is a true abstract representation of file and directory pathnames. This allows the File class to better support non-Unix platforms such as Windows, which has a rich pathname syntax involving drive letters, UNC share names, and multiple separator characters. The specification of class File prior to the JavaTM 2 Platform could not handle these cases because it was written in terms of simple string operations.

The following features were introduced in the File class in the Java 2 Platform, v1.2:

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