Oracle releases Java EE 7 with eye on HTML5 development

Delays and dropped features notwithstanding, the release is "expansive," according to one analyst

Oracle has announced the availability of Java Platform Enterprise Edition 7, a release that brings new capabilities for HTML5-based application development to the framework.

HTML5 applications are easier to build with Java EE 7 through features such as "low-latency, bi-directional communication with WebSockets," data exchange via JSON and the ability to support more concurrent users, Oracle said on Wednesday.

Other aspects of Java EE 7 are aimed at performance and scalability. For example, batch jobs can be divided into "manageable chunks," giving OLTP (online transaction processing) applications uninterrupted performance, Oracle said.

Oracle gained control of Java through the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. That move had some community members initially concerned about Oracle's stewardship of Java, although those fears subsequently seemed to die down.

Java EE 7 is supported for use in the NetBeans IDE (integrated development environment) version 7.3.1 as well as "early builds" of Eclipse Kepler, Oracle said. Oracle is also offering training for developers on Java EE 7.

Wednesday's announcement didn't mention some of the bumps in the road Java EE 7 faced during the development process. One long-desired caching feature ended up slipping until Java EE 8.

Oracle had also planned to build a number of features for cloud computing and PaaS (platform as a service) into Java EE 7, but subsequently decided to push them off to Java EE 8, saying that including them would delay the release of EE 7 until 2014.

Nonetheless, Java EE 7 is "one of the most expansive" releases of the framework in its history, despite the fact that Oracle "went through a bit of a learning curve," IDC analyst Al Hilwa said via email.

"Java EE7 brings this widely used enterprise framework to the modern age of HTML5 and also brings significant improvement in developer productivity that will have windfalls in code quality," Hilwa said. "In this age of the polyglot programmer, Java EE will allow Java to remain one of the most widely deployed technologies for server applications on the planet."

Executives from Oracle and other companies are expected to discuss the launch further during a webcast event later Wednesday.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags open sourceapplication developmentLanguages and standardsSun MicrosystemssoftwareOracle

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?