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Huzzah! Java EE 8 by October ... 2017, says Oracle

MicroProfile play targets the Eclipse Foundation

Oracle aims to land the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 on or before October 2017.

The software giant has told a Java Community Process (JCP) executive committee meeting it hoped to complete Java EE 8 "by JavaOne 2017".

Linda DeMichiel, Oracle’s Java EE 8 specification lead, dropped the date in response to executive committee questioning.

Oracle’s stated goal until now was to deliver Java EE 8 “within the year,” according to a community email from Oracle architect Bill Shannon seen by The Reg.

JavaOne 2017 takes place 1-5 October in San Francisco, California.

Before that, Oracle had said “first half” of 2017 and before that it was JavaOne 2016.

What goes into Java EE 8 will very much depend on the feedback received from a community survey released by Oracle during this year’s JavaOne.

“After considering the results of our survey and other feedback, we'll adjust the plans for Java EE 8, with a goal of delivering Java EE 8 within a year,” Shannon said.

DeMichiel told the recent executive committee meeting: “Oracle had decided that a ‘reboot’ is needed in order to meet changing requirements in the market.”

Oracle PR was unable to respond at the time of writing.

Oracle took flack earlier this year for slowing development by re-assigning its project leads to other projects inside Oracle to built its own cloud.

Springing out of the delay was MicroProfile, a lightweight and modular enterprise Java suited to microservices, which has hit general release.

MicroProfile employs existing elements of the Java EE stack – 1.0 uses JAX-RS, CDI and JSON-P. Over the long term, the goal is to agree other interfaces and specifications, with MicroProfiles for specific scenarios around microservices.

The community members behind MicroProfile are taking the project to the Eclipse Foundation for stewardship rather than leave it with the JCP.

It’s believed Eclipse would operate a leaner and faster project process via a body free from the overriding influence of any one vendor. We're looking at you, Oracle.

Backers of MicroProfile said it made sense to utilise the experience and maturity and technical and business processes of an established organization like the Eclipse Foundation.

John Clingan, Red Hat senior principal product manager working on MicroProfile with others, told The Reg: “The goal is to innovate – fail fast, many quick iterations – around microservices within the community and to feed the JCP via JSR submissions based on successful technical approaches.

“The industry is moving quickly, and trying to innovate and standardize at the same time can lead to lower quality results. This is basically what happened to J2EE early on. The Eclipse Foundation is neutral place for that collaboration and innovation to take place.”

It’s hoped MicroProfile will be with Eclipse in “the next month or two.” ®

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