Name Server : Java Glossary

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Name Server
a computer that provides the analog of telephone directory assistance. You address somebody on Internet with a name like someone@somedomain.com. Before you can start sending packets, that has to be converted to a numerical address, which is analogous to a phone number with area code. There are dedicated "directory assistance" computers that have lists of all the users in their area. Before you can send mail to someone, your computer may need to send a request to such a computer to look the number up for you.

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