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JSONB and security simplification top wish list for Java EE 8

Having completed the final wave of their Java EE 8 community survey, Oracle is edging closer to finalizing its blueprints for the next phase of the platform.

These are the final results in full* (the percentages indicate the points a feature received and features are ordered by popularity):


Whilst the initial waves of the survey concentrated on specific items, the final installment concentrated on a “distilled subset” of top community choices. The areas chosen for this prioritization exercise correspond to features that pulled in at least 60% “Yes” votes in the first two parts of the exercise.

From this selection, JSONB emerged as the top community priority, garnering 13.7% of votes, closely followed by security simplification, which came out with 11.1%.  Surprisingly, whilst 70% of participants in previous surveys had voted in its favor, the standardization of java.util.logging lags behind in the this wave of results.

Cloud specifications also  appeared to be less of a priority, receiving 6.68% of votes. Oracle will likely maintain a conservative approach on this front, opting to implement smaller supporting features.

Java EE architects and specification lead Linda DeMichiel wrote on her blog that the next steps will be for Oracle to “to evaluate this input, and balance it with feedback from our Java EE licensees, the members of our expert groups, customers, and our internal architects and specification leads. Invariably this will involve weighing competing opinions and balancing competing needs and objectives against the resources and time that we have to achieve them.”

She added a recommendation that anyone who’d like to give further input should get involved with one of Oracle’s Expert Group projects (you can find these here).

*Java EE 8 - prioritization by the community. Picture: https://blogs.oracle.com/theaquarium/entry/java_ee_8_survey_final


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