Post-Java EE 8 plans

Oracle is looking into opening up Java EE

Gabriela Motroc
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“We believe that moving Java EE technologies to an open source foundation may be the right next step,” Java EE evangelist David Delabassee announced yesterday in a new blog post. Although Oracle is exploring moving Java EE technologies “to an open source foundation” *after* the delivery of Java EE 8, one cannot argue that this is a big step.

To open source or not to open source

Java EE evangelist  David Delabassee announced yesterday in a new blog post that, as Java EE 8 and JavaOne are fast approaching, Oracle believes “there is an opportunity to rethink how Java EE is developed in order to make it more agile and responsive to changing industry and technology demands.”

We believe that moving Java EE technologies to an open source foundation may be the right next step, in order to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing, and change the governance process.

This idea will be discussed with the community, their licensees and several candidate foundations to see if Java EE can move forward in this direction. However, it is important to point out that action will not be taken before the release of Java EE 8.

We are discussing how we can improve the Java EE development process following the delivery of Java EE 8.

Red Hat’s John Clingan said in a statement that they applaud “Oracle’s decision to advance Java EE under an open and collaborative community” and that the entire Enterprise Java community will benefit from this move.

Red Hat, the largest open source software company in the world, is built on the principles of the open source way and takes the transformative effects of openness from the community, through the technology, and into the organization. We think that putting Java EE under the jurisdiction of an open source organization is a very positive move that will benefit the entire Enterprise Java community.

While there is a lot of detail to flesh out, Red Hat is optimistic and applauds Oracle’s decision to advance Java EE under an open and collaborative community. Red Hat looks forward to working with Oracle, and the broader Java and Eclipse MicroProfile communities to help align efforts to drive enterprise Java forward.

At the same time, some say that “the hard work by the Java EE Guardians” has had an impact on the decision to open up Java EE.

Oracle will support existing Java EE implementations and future implementations of Java EE 8 and will continue to participate in the future evolution of Java EE technologies, Delabassee. explained. However, they believe that “a more open process, that is not dependent on a single vendor as platform lead, will encourage greater participation and innovation, and will be in best interests of the community.”

What’s with WebLogic Server?

Will this affect WebLogic Server? “The short answer is that there is no immediate impact,” Will Lyons, Senior Director of WebLogic Server Product Management wrote in a blog post explaining what the Java EE announcement may mean for WebLogic Server users.

We will continue to support existing WebLogic Server releases, deliver Oracle Cloud services based on WebLogic Server, and deliver new releases of WebLogic Server in the future. We will continue to leverage WebLogic Server in Oracle Cloud through the Java Cloud Service, and other PaaS and SaaS offerings. We are also investing in new integration capabilities for running WebLogic Server in Kubernetes/Docker cloud environments.

Lyons also revealed that a new release of WebLogic Server is on the cards for next calendar year (CY2018). It will support the new capabilities in Java EE 8, including HTTP/2 support, JSON processing and REST support improvements, he added.


Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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