principal : Java Glossary


Some way of measuring the identity of some code. For example, Codebase principals refers to code identified by its codebase (file or HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) url). Certificate (or signature) principals refers to code identified it’s having a digital signature. Once you have identified the code, you can describe a policy of what actions it is permitted to do. When you compare this jargon in Java to the jargon used in the emerging MS .net framework, principal is referred to as evidence in .net which seems like a more intuitive word to describe the idea.

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