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A short tour on Java History

Wed 23 Jun 2021


  • JDK Alpha and Beta (1995)

The first release of Java had high complaints of ABIs and APIs. The browser was WebRunner.

  • JDK 1.0 (1996)

This was the first stable release of Java. It was code-named Oak.

  • JDK 1.1 (1997)

Different add-ons of the version included JIT complier, RMI, AWT, JDBC, Java Beans.

  • J2SE 1.2 (1998)

Code named Platform, this Java release was an important version as it had enormous size.

  • J2SE 1.3 (2000)

Codenamed Kestrel, the add ons included Javasound, JNDI etc.

  • J2SE 1.4 (2002)

Merlin had improved library, IPv6 support, Perl regular expressions and logging APIs.

  • J2SE 5.0 (2004)

Tiger reflected J2SE’s security, stability, scalability and maturity. Many of the additions of this version included static imports, enhanced loops, enumerations, autoboxing etc.  

  • Java SE 6(2006)

Mustang had improved web support, support on scripting language, JDBC 4.0 support etc.

  • Java SE 7 (2011)

The add-ons included binary integer literals, compressed 64 bit pointers, JVM support.

  • Java SE 8 (2014)

Spider is the most common and resourceful version among coders.

  • Java SE 9 (2017)

The 9th version had to face many hurdles prior to its release. Finally, SE 9 was released in September 2017.

  • Java SE 10 (2018)

Released as a means to improve primitive forms of data, it included 12 features that were uncommon in others.

  • Java SE 11 (Upcoming)

This version is currently undergoing fixing of bugs.

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