By Yolande Poirier-Oracle on Jun 16, 2015
By Guest Blogger Reza Rahman from Original Blog
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
– Mahatma Gandhi
For those unfamiliar the three ghosts analogy comes from the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. I hope the real message of the analogy is an entertaining but insightful literary puzzle for you to figure out, not to mention the far less imaginative opening quote largely along the same lines :-).
In the past few days I've seen a certain predictable group of folks on the Interwebs feigning concerns over the viability of using Java EE 7 in production. I have to be honest in that I think it is fairly obvious these concerns are more -ahem- opportunistic than sincere or well-intentioned. Nevertheless I think this is a great trigger to discuss something valuable to the Java EE community anyway - Java EE 7 production adoption in the near past, present and near future. In fact to be perfectly honest we have been deliberately covering these themes all along in various ways and foresee a useful purpose in revisiting them frequently going forward far beyond this one blog entry. Being responsible sentinels for the Java EE community has never demanded anything less.
The Prelude - Java EE 6 vs Java EE 7
Most folks out there seem to hold the Java EE 6 release in high regard. I definitely agree the release was an important turning point for Java EE. While Java EE 7 is not a profound architectural paradigm shift in the way Java EE 5 and Java EE 6 was, it's significance is in the sheer amount of changes it contains. Java EE 7 is very easily the largest set of changes the platform has ever experienced. To boot we try to never make frivolous changes to the platform so each of these changes are all rather important to their respective users. To understand the scale and significance of these changes, you need not look much farther than my Java EE 7 slide deck. It is a very high level talk that I still struggle to fully deliver in 50-60 minutes after delivering it many times.