When looking at job openings on-line, I noticed that some openings required knowledge of "core Java". What is core java and how is different from java?
"Core Java" is Sun's term, used to refer to Java SE, the standard edition and a set of related technologies, like the Java VM, CORBA, et cetera. This is mostly to differentiate from, say, Java ME or Java EE.
Also note that they're talking about a set of libraries rather than the programming language. That is, the underlying way you write Java doesn't change, regardless of the libraries you're using.