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Exclusive: Oracle to reboot Java EE for the cloud

Paul Krill | July 22, 2016
In an InfoWorld interview, Oracle lifts the lid on its plan to modernize enterprise Java amid criticisms of inactivity

Improvements previously expected in Java EE have covered areas such as HTML5 and HTTP 2.0. “We’re not scrapping that plan. What we’re pointing out is by themselves those JSRs [Java Specification Requests] are not sufficient to help application developers build cloud-scale apps using Java EE,” Kurian says.

What Kurian could not say is whether the planned improvements to Java EE would push back the release of Version 8. The intent is to discuss the plan with partners and the community as a whole first. Oracle does not want to rush out Java EE 8. More JSRs are expected to be filed in accordance with Oracle’s latest intentions for the next version.

At Java EE Guardians, leader Reza Rahman, a former Java EE evangelist at Oracle, this week expressed hope that Oracle would move forward with the platform. “We also hope that decisions with regard to Java EE 8 will be made in the open through the JCP [Java Community Process] with direct community input. So far we have seen no change in the inactivity in the JCP."

Kurian emphasized a quest to keep developers happy.

“Listen, at the end of the day,” he said, “we believe that if we’re doing the right thing for the developer community, we believe the developer community will rally around it.”


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