Red Hat: Java now on firm path for the cloud

Open source raconteur and Red Hat senior director of middleware engineering Mark Little has laid down some defining comments as to the current state of Java EE7 Enterprise Edition.

Speaking to a US-based software developer web site, Little has hinted that Java EE7 is a real “milestone release” and that its current status marks the point at which Java truly heads towards the cloud computing of IT delivery.

Politely avoiding the word “late”, Little also said that Java EE 7 was a “little overdue”.

NOTE: Back in March of 2011, the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee announced the approval of the Java Specification Request (JSR) for the next release of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE)

“Currently, our focus at Red Hat is on advancing Java EE7 and Java SE8, both of which will be important for establishing Java more firmly in the cloud,” said Little. “[This release…] represents a milestone for the entire Java ecosystem and the release signifies the start of a more aggressive and realistic release cycle for the language and hopefully for the entire Java EE platform.”

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Little maintains that one of the important changes that Sun introduced a few years ago was to allow support for multiple languages on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). “In many ways, that change has made the future of the JVM more secure than the Java language; all programming languages wax and wane (just look at COBOL, Pascal, and C++). Regardless of what the next popular language is, the fact remains that some of the best middleware stack implementations today are written in Java.”