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Top Java Stories of 2013

December 23, 2013 By: Tori Wieldt

2013 was a year of Java releases, good news, less good news, and a community that just keeps on truckin'. Thanks for a great year!

Release of Java EE 7
Java EE 7 was the result of industry-wide development involving open review, ongoing builds, and extensive collaboration between hundreds of engineers from more than 30 companies. Key features included better support for HTML5, websockets, JAX-RS 2.0, an update to JMS 2.0 and more.

Java and the Internet of Things
From Forbes to Business Insider, everyone was waking up to the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2013. The Java language and platform were ready for this new wave. From from hackathons to demos: robots, sensors, smart homes, medical devices, phones, raspberry Pi's and Java worked together to collect information and respond intelligently.

JavaFX is Open Source
In January, first code drop of JavaFX 2.0 source code was made public on OpenJFX. Anybody is welcome to contribute to this project, port it to other platforms or devices, or do anything else that a free software license allows you to do!

Java SE Update Releases
Oracle focused and addressed several security issues with Java SE Updates throughout the year: Java SE 7 Update 11 and Java 7 Update 25. Java SE 7 Update 21 introduced new security features, including a Server Java Runtime Environment (Server JRE). Java SE 7 Update 40 included Java Mission Control, set of tools to monitor, manage, profile, and eliminate memory leaks in your Java applications.

Oracle Ends Commercial Support of GlassFish
Oracle announced it will no longer release future major releases of Oracle GlassFish Server with commercial support. The primary role of GlassFish Server Open Source Edition has been, and continues to be, driving adoption of the latest release of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition.

The Java Community Keeps On Truckin'
Developers swarmed San Francisco for JavaOne, and the Java Rock Stars delivered. The Duke's Choice Awards recognized continuing innovation. The JCP Awards celebrated community successes. New Java Champions came on board. Java Magazine covered Performance, the Internet of Things, Community and more.

Java SE 8
Java SE 8 is well underway, and early access builds are available. Lambdas are a key feature. Stay tuned for much more about this release in 2014.

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