The abstract class
is the common superclass for all stream protocol handlers. A stream protocol handler knows how to make a connection for a particular protocol type, such as
In most cases, an instance of a
URLStreamHandler subclass is not created directly by an application. Rather, the first time a protocol name is encountered when constructing a
URL, the appropriate stream protocol handler is automatically loaded.
@author James Gosling
@version 1.73, 04/07/06