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Modular Enterprise Java 'MicroProfile' is now available

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September 19, 2016

The long-awaited concept for a lightweight and modular enterprise Java designed for specialized microservices is now available.

Dubbed 'MicroProfile', version 1.0 reached its general availability this morning just over two months after the project was initiated by representatives of IBM, Red Hat and the London Java Community on June 27, 2016.

A formal announcement is expected at Oracle’s Annual JavaOne Conference in San Francisco next week.

To be sure, MicroProfile has already seen an early implementation by Red Hat in its WildFly Swarm microservices runtime software, and Big Blue itself in its Liberty WebSphere Application Server.

The speedy delivery of MicroProfile 1.0 was enabled in part by the fact that the software uses existing elements of the Java EE stack.

The developing group worked this summer on utilizing JAX-RS, CDI and JSON-P. The concept is to agree on industry-standard key interfaces and specifications.

These will then be integrated into different MicroProfiles, meaning a choice of packages so that users aren’t compelled to swallow to the full Java EE stack in one fell swoop.

You’d then certify against the MicroProfile to demonstrate its industry compliance. Various discussions are currently underway for MicroProfile 2.0.

Talks are also encompassing the addition of asynchronous reactive event processing, big data integration and some form of support for the Netflix open source software projects.

There’s no date for version 2.0, however. Oracle is not a member of the MicroProfile project, at least not just yet.

Asked during a Java Community Process (JCP) meeting on August 9 whether Oracle planned to collaborate with the MicroProfile team, Oracle wasn't clear and left it open to interpretation.

Anil Gaur, Oracle group vice president with responsibility for Java EE and WebLogic Server said he'd like to see "the two efforts come together" and had spoken to Red Hat. But there was no definitive answer at that time.

There is also some concerns about the overall speed of development of the language (or lack thereof) and the various runtimes and their ability to keep current with the ongoing changing trends in the software industry and among the various developers across the globe.

During the mid 2000s, the concern was that the Java language itself and JDK were getting too bloated, and that there was a growing need to place them on an API 'restricted diet' as some had discussed. We'll keep you posted.

Source: The Java development community.

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