IAP : Java Glossary


IAP (Internet Access Provider) is a company through which you can attach to the Internet. In contrast, an ISP (Internet Service Provider) hosts your website. Sometimes the term ISP covers both functions since many companies provide both services. If you live in Canada, you need a Canadian company to provide access, but you can have your website hosted anywhere.

The Vendor Lists

I have compiled four vendor lists, now split off into separate documents:

  1. JDBC driver vendors.
  2. SQL engine vendors including prices.
  3. Java-friendly ISPs.
  4. Canadian Internet Access Providers.

Things to look for in an IAP


When your IAP comes to install Internet access, get him to help fill in a card like this with the relevant information you will need to configure your OS (Operating System) and applications and to talk to the tech support people.
IAP Summary Card
Account Identification
Account Number 12345678901 (11 digits)
Name of Account Holder John Q. Public
Cust Phone Number (555) 555-5555
Cust Address 1234 Quadra Street, Victoria BC, V7T 4G8
Type of Internet Access Extreme High Speed cable 10M/1M
Modem Cust S/N ABCD012345EF (12 chars)
IAP Account URL http://secure.shaw.ca
Login john
Sales & Customer Care phone (250) 475-5655
IAP Support URL (Uniform Resource Locator) http://www.shaw.ca/en-ca/CustomerCare/InternetSupport/Residential/
IAP Support Phone Number (250) 475-5655
Webmail URL https://webmail.shaw.ca/
login john
POP (Post Office Protocol) server (incoming) shawmail.glb.shawcable.net
SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server (outgoing) shawmail.glb.shawcable.net
email1 john@shaw.ca
email2 mary@shaw.ca
news server shawnews.gv.shawcable.net
login john

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