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12 June 2013, 21:30

Oracle officially releases Java Enterprise Edition 7

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Java logo With the relevant members within the Java Community Process (JCP) having already approved Java Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE) back in April, Oracle has now announced the availability of the associated documentation, tools and other resources.

The reference implementation for the Enterprise Java standard, version 4.0 of the GlassFish application server, has been available since Monday. With the new version, Oracle has also released the Java EE 7 SDK including tutorials, examples and API documentation as well as version 7.3.1 of the NetBeans development environment, which has been adjusted for Java EE 7. Eclipse developers may be interested to hear that the Eclipse Kepler IDE (aka Eclipse 4.3), scheduled for release in late June, will also support the new features.

Java Enterprise Edition 7 is the first edition for which Oracle has been fully responsible; the previous version (Java EE 6) was still released in Sun times. The specification comprises a multitude of individual technologies and provides the basic framework for the cooperation between them. Four new specifications have been added to the predecessor's 28 specifications. The most noteworthy ones are the specifications for WebSockets (JSR 356) and for JSON interoperability (JSR 353). JSR 352 standardises a programming model for batch applications. The Concurrency Utilities provide improved access to container resources and, using them now offers the opportunity to work with threads in Java EE with reliably synchronised containers.

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