2013 has been a stellar year for both the Java EE and GlassFish
Server communities. On June 12, Oracle and its partners announced the release of Java EE 7, which delivers on three major themes – HTML5, developer productivity, and meeting enterprise demands. The online
event attracted over 10,000 views in the first two days!
During the online event, Oracle also announced the
availability of GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4, the world's first Java EE 7 compatible application server. 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. Oracle also announced the Java EE 7 SDK, which bundles GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4, as a Java EE 7 learning aid. Last, Oracle publicly announced the Java EE 7 reference implementation based on GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4. Java EE is a popular platform, as evidenced by the 20+
Java EE 6 compatible implementations available to choose from.
After the launch of Java EE 7 and GlassFish Server Open
Source Edition 4, we began planning the Java EE 8 roadmap, which was covered during the JavaOne Strategy Keynote. To summarize, there is a lot of interest in improving on HTML5 support, Cloud, and investigating NoSQL support. We received a lot of great feedback from the
community and customers on what they would like to see in Java EE 8.
As we approached JavaOne 2013, we started planning the GlassFish
Server roadmap. What we
announced at JavaOne was that GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4.1 is
scheduled for 2014. Here is an update to that roadmap.
Expanding on that last bullet, new and existing Oracle GlassFish Server 2.1.x and 3.1.x commercial customers will continue to be supported according to the Oracle Lifetime
Oracle recommends that existing commercial Oracle GlassFish Server customers begin planning to move to Oracle WebLogic Server, which is a natural technical and license migration path forward:
To summarize, Oracle is committed to the future of Java EE. Java EE 7 has been released and planning for Java EE 8 has begun. GlassFish Server Open Source Edition continues to be the strategic
foundation for Java EE reference implementation going forward. And for developers, updates will be delivered as needed to continue to deliver a great developer experience for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition. We are
planning for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 5 as the foundation for the Java EE 8 reference implementation, as well as bundling GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 5 in a Java EE 8 SDK, which is the most popular distribution of GlassFish. This will allow GlassFish releases to
be more focused on the Java EE platform and community-driven requirements. We continue to encourage community
reports, participation on the GlassFish forum,
etc. Going forward, Oracle WebLogic Server will be the single strategic
commercially supported application server from Oracle.
Disclaimer: The preceding
is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for
information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or
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