Or­a­cle shifts Java EE 8 to open source

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After years of spec­u­la­tion, Or­a­cle has fi­nally dis­closed its plans of open sourc­ing Java EE 8. The com­pany is shift­ing the latest Java En­ter­prise Edi­tion to an open source foun­da­tion at the time of launch­ing the v8.0.

Or­a­cle has main­tained the open source Java project for years, but there were re­cently some com­plaints that the com­pany was shift­ing the

Java EE en­gi­neer­ing team on to other projects. Or­a­cle had even­tu­ally re­stated its com­mit­ment to sup­port Java EE last year. How­ever, the Java com­mu­nity has so far been de­mand­ing that the com­pany run the project in­de­pen­dently.

David De­labassee, a soft­ware evan­ge­list at Or­a­cle, pub­lished a blog post an­nounc­ing the com­pany’s de­ci­sion. “Al­though Java EE is de­vel­oped in open source with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Java EE com­mu­nity, of­ten the process is not seen as be­ing ag­ile, flex­i­ble or open enough, par­tic­u­larly when com­pared to other open source com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Mov­ing Java EE core tech­nolo­gies, ref­er­ence im­ple­men­ta­tions and its test com­pat­i­bil­ity kit to an open source foun­da­tion will help the com­pany to adopt more ag­ile pro­cesses and im­ple­ment flex­i­ble li­cens­ing. The change in the gov­er­nance process is cer­tainly quite im­por­tant for a widely adopted project like Java EE.

In the of­fi­cial blog post, De­labassee said that Or­a­cle will en­cour­age innovation

by tak­ing a hands-off ap­proach for Java EE. This pos­i­tive move will ben­e­fit the en­tire En­ter­prise Java com­mu­nity.

Java EE 8 is yet to launch; the ver­sion was orig­i­nally sup­posed to be de­buted at JavaOne in 2016. How­ever, it has now been sug­gested that the new Java EE will be re­leased some­time later this year. Or­a­cle’s De­labassee has hinted that spec­i­fi­ca­tions of Java EE 8 have al­most been com­pleted.

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