Java Card Readers
By dannycoward on Apr 07, 2009
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).