Enterprise blueprints

Newly published Java EE 8 JSR draft shines a light on path ahead

Lucy Carey

After extensive community surveying, the latest draft of the JSR for Java EE 8 reveals plans for improved managed bean modules and expanded cloud infrastructure.


Following extensive consultation with the user

, Java EE architects and specification lead
Linda DeMichiel has revealed that the latest draft of the JSR for
the Java EE 8 Platform for submission to the JCP is now available
for perusal. Contained within the document are the feature plans
for Java EE (the enterprise edition of the language), with
highlights including cutting-edge web technologies, an extension of
the managed bean model, and improved infrastructure for cloud

DeMicheil’s notes that, for those who’ve been
following the progress of the surveys to date, there will be few
surprises on what made the final cut.  As we’ve established,
it’s a resounding “Yes” to web standards. Augmenting HTML5 support
in Java EE 7, the next version of Enterprise Edition is designed to
support server-sent events and improve Java APIs for WebSockets and
JSON processing. It’s expected that the emerging HTTP 2.0 will also
be supported in Java EE 8. Support for the JAX-RS action-based MVC
is also under consideration.

As we’ve seen in the community voting, it will
likely be three new JSRs that form the Java EE 8

  • JCache (JSR-107): New caching layer which is
    accessible from all containers.

  • Java API for JSON Binding (JSR no number):
    Building on the API for JSON Processing and allowing for mapping
    between JSON text and Java objects.

  • Java Configuration (No JSR-number): New
    mechanism for specifying, packetization and accessibility of
    configured resources and properties regardless of the

Also expected is a refurb of the managed bean
model to make ease of use features that are
currently available only to selected components available to all
managed beans through the mechanisms provided by CDI.  In
particular, DeMichiel and Co. will consider enhancements for
declarative security by means of CDI interceptors and for
notifications for timed events by means of the CDI event and
observer mechanism.

Finally, it looks like the current Java EE 7
cloud infrastructure is set to be expanded in version 8. On the
tentative roadmap, there’s support for configuration of multiple
tenants and stripped down and improved security configuration, as
well as REST-based APIs for monitoring and management.

Following a somewhat muted
for Java EE 7, which
took a hit from the deferral of several key JSR features (including
the long awaited JCache), Oracle will no doubt be hoping for a
little bit more excitement around this release. Now that the JSR
has been put together, the next steps will be to submit it to the
JCP ahead of the JavaOne timeframe. Click
to read the draft in its entirety in
the meantime.

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