October 01, 2012, 9:10 AM — While upcoming upgrades to the Enterprise and Standard editions of Java are expected to lack some hoped-for improvements, the upgrades still will have a lot to offer, including enhancements for HTML5 and multicore processors, Oracle officials said Sunday night.
Oracle technologists gave the status updates on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 7, which is due in the second quarter of next year, and Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 8, also planned for release in 2013, during an opening keynote presentation at the JavaOne technical conference in San Francisco.
Java EE 7 is not expected to feature platform-as-a-service cloud computing enhancements that had been planned. Those are being deferred to a later release, likely due in 2015. But EE 7 will be easier for programmers to use, stressed Arun Gupta, Oracle's Java EE technology evangelist. "The important part is we want you to write less boilerplate code," via dependency injection, he said. Another key to Java EE 7 is support for HTML5-based Web communications via WebSocket. Also supported is Java API for RESTful Web Services 2.0, which features a client API for invoking RESTful Web services in a standard way.