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JSON and more good to go for Java EE 7

ElliotBentley
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Next version of EE comes one step closer to May 13th release as the first set of feature specs get thumbs-up.

Java EE 7 came one step closer to its May 13th release yesterday as the first set of feature specifications were given the thumbs-up by its governing body.

Originally planned to be released by the end of last year, EE 7 has suffered delays and seen both headline cloud features and a well-overdue caching API knocked back to a future EE version.

Better late than never, however; and with Java Specification Requests (JSRs) outlining Java Message Service 2.0, Bean Validation 1.1, Batch Applications for the Java Platform and Java API for JSON Processing now approved by the Executive Committee, things are looking good for next month’s release.

The vote did not pass without some minor controversy, however. Committee member Werner Keil abstained from voting on the specification for batch jobs in Java, arguing that the JSR “failed to properly point to the Spec License”

The SouJava usergroup, who voted for its inclusion, responded that while the spec’s license is “not immediately visible to those that come directly to the java.net site”, its transparent and inclusive development process made up for it.

Meanwhile, the London Java Community criticised the Java Message Service 2.0 spec for being unambitious, given “the innovations that have occurred in the messaging space since the release of JMS 1.1”.

The next three weeks will see the Java EE Executive Committee judging the remaining JSRs, including the new WebSocket API, JAX-RS 2.0 and Java EE 7 itself.

Photo by Steven Depolo.

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