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Oracle plans two major Java EE upgrades for the cloud

Paul Krill | Sept. 20, 2016
Version 8, due in late 2017, focuses on services configuration and health; Version 9, due a year later, focuses on smaller services and consistency

Also planned for Java EE is comprehensive support for HTTP/2 beyond the support that had already been planned for the Java servlet. A Docker model, enabling packaging of multiple services in a single container, is planned. Work on both Java EE 8 and Java EE 9 is proceeding in parallel, Gaur said.

Asked whether users might wait the extra year for Java EE 9 rather than first upgrading to Java EE 8, Gaur said that might be OK for some people. But others must move at "cloud speed" and need things more quickly, he said.

Multiple parties, including Red Hat and IBM, have been pondering their own improvements to Java EE, believing that Oracle had been neglecting it. But Oracle says its silence simply indicated it had been reflecting on what to do with Java EE.

Oracle on Sunday also detailed some intentions for Java SE, the standard edition of the platform, aside from what already has been specified for the upcoming Java SE 9 platform. Plans include making it easier for developers to deal with boilerplate code by making these code classes easier to read, said Brian Goetz, a Java language architect at Oracle.

The company also wants to expand the scope of type inferences which allow for removal of redundant code while maintaining the benefit of strong static typing, applying it to local variables. But Goetz noted that this did not mean Java was being turned into JavaScript here.

Also at JavaOne, Oracle announced its intention to soon distribute the Oracle JDK with Docker, the popular Linux container platform. "We want to make Java a first-class citizen for Docker and we want to do it with a distribution model that makes sense," said Georges Saab, Oracle's vice president of development. Java and Docker have not been strangers to each other previously, with Docker already popular as a mechanism for providing improved packaging.


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