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Oracle delays its Java Enterprise Edition 8 to 2017

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September 15, 2016

Earlier today we learned that Oracle has committed in delivering its delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 within a year, but without being more specific. We can only imagine that some in the community aren't too pleased with that decision, however.

Oracle architect Bill Shannon talked about the company's product delay in an email to Java community members on August 22.

Nevertheless, Oracle said the current date for Java EE 8 is “the first half of 2017”. It was pushed back this year from JavaOne 2016, which takes place next week.

Apart from all the confusion, one community source said he believed Shannon’s comment to be an educated guess for a release at the end of 2017, and that's probably what will happen.

Oracle's Public Relations dept didn't return any request for comment. Shannon did promise however that Oracle would announce its plans at next week’s JavaOne conference. We'll see about that.

Oracle’s much later date will be determined by the results of a survey taken of the Java community on what they’d like to see in Java EE 8, we are told.

The company expects to have the survey ready at the conference in San Francisco, where it will also take feedback from attendees.

The idea is to establish a list of features most wanted and that can be delivered. Following that, Oracle wants to move quickly on planning for Java EE 9 and “larger” improvements in the EE programming model, it said.

Shannon wrote in his August 22nd email-- “After considering the results of our survey and other feedback, we'll adjust the various plans for Java EE 8, with a goal of delivering Java EE 8 within a year. Much of the initially planned work is nearly complete or well on its way, but new work will need to be done more quickly than usual. All work will not be able to be done in Java EE 8 and some planned work may no longer be important.”

“This short schedule for Java EE 8 will allow us to move quickly into planning for Java EE 9,” Shannon asserted.

Shannon’s email ads a little more detail to previous comments made by Oracle vice president for Java Anil Gaur at an August 9 Java Community Process meeting.

Gaur asserted that Oracle planned a new release date for Java EE 8 but he didn’t have details on when that would be happening.

Oracle was criticized earlier this year over its 'weak, mild' commitment to Java EE 8, having gone quiet on email and community communications and with its number of code commits falling and leaders leaving the company.

Oracle’s engineers had told some Java community members that they were “working on other projects internally” with no further explanation given. Oracle has never been known to be 100 percent transparent with the open-source developer community and this proves it.

That has been taken to mean that engineers had been re-assigned to work on building Oracle’s cloud and various other projects that bring in billions in sales for Oracle.

Oracle was even forced to issue a statement following the previous criticism confirming its commitment to Java, saying at the time that it in fact had “a very well defined proposal” for Java EE 8.

Overall, industry members now say Oracle has re-opened the lines of communication on Java EE 8, with more email communications starting to flow. It will be interesting to see the company's outcome and how it plans to manage all this confusion in the next few weeks.

Source: Oracle.

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