Transitioning Java EE to Jakarta EE + Shaping the Future of Java, Faster

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 18:00
SF Java Meetup
San Francisco

Transitioning Java EE to Jakarta EE - Mike Milinkovich, Eclipse Foundation

In September 2017 it was announced by Oracle with support from IBM, Red Hat, Tomitribe and others that Java EE would be moving to the Eclipse Foundation. Java EE is one of the most successful technology platforms in the history of computing, used by millions of developers and billions of users daily. However, it has been roundly criticized in recent years as too fat, too slow, too closed, and too lethargic to compete.

Java EE in its current form will be supported for years to come, but the future of this technology platform will now be evolved at the Eclipse Foundation under the Jakarta EE brand, under the stewardship of the Jakarta EE Working Group. As part of this migration we are simultaneously changing from a single vendor control to multi-vendor, creating an entirely new specification process, open sourcing the TCKs, and a dozen other changes large and small. Pretty much everything about how Jakarta EE will evolve in the future will be different than the Java EE of the past.

This is not a technology talk, and I won't be doing any demos. But if you care about Java as a language, platform, or ecosystem, and/or make your living off your skills in Java or Java EE, you should attend to better understand some of the forces that are going to be shaping your future.

Shaping the Future of Java, Faster - Donald Smith, Oracle

The Java SE Platform and the JDK moved to a rapid, six-month release cadence with the launch of Java 10 in March 2018. We’ll review the motivations for this change and discuss how this impacts users. We'll also take a look at what's new in Java 10 and planned for the upcoming Java 11 release.

Donald Smith, MBA, MSc, is Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle. He brings global enterprise software experience, ranging from startups through Fortune 500 companies. Donald has decades of experience speaking about Java, open source, community development, business models, business integration and software development politics at conferences and events worldwide. Donald's background includes helping develop the first commercially successful Object-Relational Mapping products for Smalltalk and Java, transitioning to Java EE Application Servers and driving the Eclipse Foundation through years of rapid growth where he still sits on the IP Advisory Committee. For the past six years Donald has run Java SE Product Management.

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