There may finally be some light at the end of the long tunnel for Java EE 8. Oracle recently updated the Java community on Java EE 8, which included the latest release schedule and updates on JSR activities. Almost four years in the making, the road for Java EE 8 has not been easy.
MicroProfile, the community initiative to provide a microservices standard for enterprise Java, has joined the Eclipse Foundation. The move is aimed at ensuring that MicroProfile remains a vendor-neutral project, and hopes to leverage the resources and momentum of the Eclipse Foundation. The decision has caused some arguments and temporarily diverted efforts from other objectives.
Gartner has produced a report called “Market Guide for Application Platforms”, citing Java EE’s “revenue decline” in reporting “a clear shift” in the application platform market. The Java EE community takes issue with those findings, in personal comments to InfoQ.
Red Hat has released version 10.1 of their WildFly application server, featuring full HTTP/2 support, automatic generation of TLS certificates, and improved load balancing.
On 22nd September, the MicroProfile group held a panel event in San Francisco to discuss the current and future situation. Albeit not being part of JavaOne, the fact that it coincided in time and city made it easy for conference-goers to attend. The panel included representatives from RedHat, Payara, SouJava, Tomitribe, IBM, and the LJC, and speculated about the shape of future Java development.
After weeks of speculation, Anil Gaur, Oracle Group Vice President with responsibility for Java EE and WebLogic Server, has unveiled Oracle’s proposed roadmap for Java EE today at JavaOne. The plan involves releasing Java EE 8 by the end of 2017 with basic microservice and cloud capabilities, and then releasing Java EE 9 one year later with further features.
Anil Gaur, Oracle Group Vice President with responsibility for Java EE and WebLogic Server, was invited to speak at the last JCP Executive Committee meeting to shed some light on the future of Java EE. The core of his message was that enterprise programming is changing, and that Oracle wants to adapt to it. However, questions from the EC members indicated that the plan is still unclear.
Derek Ashmore details the different types of monoliths he has come across with a view to subsequently describing how they may be broken down into more manageable components/microservices.
In a recent interview, Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, announced a set of improvements for Java EE 8. The move is believed to be designed to appease recent critics (like those coming from the Java EE Guardians) and divergent efforts (like the MicroProfile). Although the information at the moment is scarce, further details are to be unveiled at JavaOne 2016.
Mark Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) gave an update on the Apache Tomcat roadmap on the first day of the SpringOne Platform conference in Las Vegas this week, in which he brought up the fact that the ongoing delays to Java EE 8, something we've highlighted on InfoQ before, are also causing problems for the Apache Tomcat team.
During the last DevNation Conference, Red Hat, IBM, Tomitribe, Payara, and the London Java Community announced the creation of the MicroProfile, a new initiative to try and leverage Java EE technologies to create a vendor-neutral microservices framework. The goal is to have a first public version by September 2016, allowing developers to create portable microservices in Java more easily.
There is a lot of concern of late surrounding Oracle’s commitment to Java EE. InfoQ broke the news last month in an article about the Java EE Guardians. Spring Data project lead Oliver Gierke at Pivotal expressed his thoughts on the potential impact to the Java community.
JSON-B, the JSON binding library expected to be added to Java EE 8, has been released for public review. The library builds on top of JSON Processing, and intends to provide a standard alternative to popular libraries like Jackson or Gson. The JSR is only targeted for inclusion Java EE though, meaning users of Java SE will still need to make use of external libraries.
The Java EE Guardians are a veritable who’s who of Java luminaries, including “Father of Java” James Gosling, former evangelists Reza Rahman and many other Java technorati. This news article covers their newly formed movement and important information on the charter.
Jinq, a library to provide a DSL for database queries, has been made available for Java and Scala. The work is inspired by .NET's LINQ, and aims at enabling easy-to-write queries with support for type safety. As commented by Ming-Yee Iu, creator of the tool, work on Jinq started in 2006 under project name Queryll; however, the adoption of lambdas in Java 8 is what has realised its full potential.