Java EE version history

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The Java Platform, Enterprise Edition or Java EE (formerly known as Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition or J2EE) has undergone several changes since 1.0 as well as numerous additions of new specifications.

JPE (May 1998)[edit]

Announcement of the JPE (Java Professional Edition) project at Sun.

J2EE 1.2 (December 12, 1999)[edit]

List of J2EE 1.2 specifications Developer's Guide.
Technology Version
JDBC Standard Extension API 2.0
Java Naming and Directory Interface Specification (JNDI) 1.2
RMI-IIOP 1.0
Java Servlet 2.2
JavaServer Pages (JSP) 1.1
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 1.1
Java Message Service API (JMS) 1.0
Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.0
JavaMail API 1.1
JavaBeans Activation Framework (JAF) 1.0

J2EE 1.3 (September 24, 2001)[edit]

List of J2EE 1.3 specifications developed under JSR 58 Tutorial
Technology Version
JDBC Extension 2.0
Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) 1.1
Java Servlet 2.3
JavaServer Pages (JSP) 1.2
JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) 1.0
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 2.0
J2EE Connector Architecture 1.0
Java Message Service API (JMS) 1.0
Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.0
JavaMail API 1.2
JavaBeans Activation Framework (JAF) 1.0
Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) 1.0

J2EE 1.4 (November 11, 2003)[edit]

List of J2EE 1.4 specifications developed under JSR 151 Tutorial
Technology Version JSR
Web Services Technologies:
Web Services for J2EE 1.1 1.0
Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) 1.2
Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) 1.1
Java API for XML Registries (JAXR) 1.0
Web Application Technologies:
Java Servlet 2.4 JSR154
JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.0 JSR152
JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) 1.1 JSR52
JavaServer Faces (JSF) 1.1 JSR127
Enterprise Application Technologies:
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 2.1 JSR153
J2EE Connector Architecture 1.5 JSR112
Java Message Service API (JMS) 1.1
Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.0
JavaMail API 1.3
JavaBeans Activation Framework (JAF) 1.0
Management and Security Technologies:
Java Authorization Service Provider Contract for Containers (JACC) 1.0
Java Management Extensions (JMX) 1.2
Enterprise Edition Management API 1.0
Enterprise Edition Deployment API 1.1

Java EE 5 (May 11, 2006)[edit]

List of Java EE 5 specifications developed under JSR244 Tutorial
Technology Version JSR
Web Services Technologies:
Web Services 1.2 JSR109
Java API for XML-Based Web Services (JAX-WS) 2.0 JSR224
Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.0 JSR222
Web Service Metadata for the Java Platform 2.0 JSR181
Java API for XML-Based RPC (JAX-RPC) 1.1 JSR101
Java API for XML Registries (JAXR) 1.0 JSR93
SOAP with Attachments API for Java (SAAJ) 1.3 JSR67
Streaming API for XML (StAX) 1.0 JSR173
Web Application Technologies:
Java Servlet 2.5 JSR154
JavaServer Faces (JSF) 1.2 JSR252
JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.1 JSR245
JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) 1.2 JSR52
Debugging Support for Other Languages 1.0 JSR45
Enterprise Application Technologies:
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0 JSR220
Java Persistence API (JPA) 1.0 JSR220
Java EE Connector Architecture 1.5 JSR112
Common Annotations for the Java Platform 1.0 JSR250
Java Message Service API (JMS) 1.1 JSR914
Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.1 JSR907
JavaMail API 1.4 JSR919
JavaBeans Activation Framework (JAF) 1.1 JSR925
Management and Security Technologies:
Java Authorization Service Provider Contract for Containers (JACC) 1.1 JSR115
J2EE Application Deployment 1.2 JSR88
J2EE Management 1.1 JSR77

Java EE 6 (December 10, 2009)[edit]

Java EE 6 introduced the concept of profile, which represents a configuration of the platform suited to a particular class of applications. The Web Profile offers a complete stack, with technologies addressing presentation and state management (JavaServer Faces, JavaServer Pages), core web container functionality (Servlet), business logic (Enterprise JavaBeans Lite), transactions (Java Transaction API), persistence (Java Persistence API) and more.

List of Java EE 6 specifications developed under JSR 316 Tutorial
Technology Version JSR Included in Web Profile
Web Services Technologies:
Java API for RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS) 1.1 JSR311
Web Services 1.3 JSR109
Java API for XML-Based Web Services (JAX-WS) 2.2 JSR224
Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.2 JSR222
Web Services Metadata for the Java Platform 2.1 JSR181
Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) 1.1 JSR101
Java APIs for XML Messaging (JAXM) 1.3 JSR67
Java API for XML Registries (JAXR) 1.0 JSR93
Web Application Technologies:
Java Servlet 3.0 JSR315 Yes
JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.0 JSR314 Yes
JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.2 JSR245 Yes
Expression Language (EL) 2.2 JSR245 Yes
JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) 1.2 JSR52 Yes
Debugging Support for Other Languages 1.0 JSR45 Yes
Enterprise Application Technologies:
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.1 JSR318 Yes Lite
Java Persistence API (JPA) 2.0 JSR317 Yes
Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java 1.0 JSR299 Yes
Dependency Injection for Java 1.0 JSR330 Yes
Bean Validation 1.0 JSR303 Yes
Managed Beans 1.0 JSR316 Yes
Interceptors 1.1 JSR318 Yes
Java EE Connector Architecture 1.6 JSR322
Common Annotations for the Java Platform 1.1 JSR250 Yes
Java Message Service API (JMS) 1.1 JSR914
Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.1 JSR907 Yes
JavaMail API 1.4 JSR919
Management and Security Technologies:
Java Authentication Service Provider Interface for Containers (JASPIC) 1.0 JSR196
Java Authorization Service Provider Contract for Containers (JACC) 1.4 JSR115
Java EE Application Deployment 1.2 JSR88
J2EE Management 1.1 JSR77

Java EE 6 was first going to be developed under JSR 313 but was canceled. Java EE 6 was developed under JSR 316 and released on December 10, 2009.

The development was plagued with controversy, although passed by 14 yes votes, 1 no vote (Apache), and 1 abstention (Borland), members aired concerns relating to the licensing terms applied by Sun Microsystems.[1]

IBM's "yes" vote was caveated with:

IBM's vote is based on the technical merits of this JSR and is not a vote on the licensing terms. IBM supports licensing models that create an open and level playing field by allowing third parties to create independent implementations of Java Specifications and that do not allow individuals or companies to exercise unnecessary control for proprietary advantage. We support open source as a licensing model for contributions in the JCP, and would hope others will support this direction. This comment is not necessarily directed at the current business or license terms for this JSR, however, it is a statement of IBM's preferred licensing model.

Intel's was caveated with:

The Spec Lead has told us there are no "field of use restrictions" on implementations for this particular JSR. The Apache open letter about Java SE[2] claimed that a confidential license for a required JCP test suite restricts how Independent Implementations of that JCP spec can be used. Licenses to test for JCP compatibility must not be used to limit or restrict competing, compatible implementations; licenses containing such limitations do not meet the requirements of the JSPA, the agreement under which the JCP operates. For every JCP ballot, we will ask the Spec Lead whether such restrictions exist in their license.

Red Hat commented:

The spec lead of the EE6 specification has confirmed that the EE6 TCK would contain no "field of use restrictions", as originally raised by Apache with regard to another JSR (i.e. the SE TCK licensing). That is a good thing. However, in the absence of an explicit JSPA rule that would forbid such field-of-use restrictions, we will remain worried that a similar issue might resurface anytime, for any JSR. Consequently, in the future, for any submitted JSR (by SUNW or not), we will specifically expect the spec lead to provide clear information on that aspect and take the answer in account when casting our vote.

Apache voted NO with the following comment:

The Apache Software Foundation's vote is based on the point of view that this spec lead - Sun - is in violation of the JSPA[2] and therefore shouldn't be allowed to start another JSR until the above matter is resolved. This vote is not a comment on the technical merits of the JSR. If not for the issue of the spec lead, the ASF would have otherwise voted "yes".

Java EE 7 (June 12, 2013)[edit]

List of Java EE 7 specifications developed under JSR 342 Tutorial
Technology Version JSR Included in Web Profile
Web Application Technologies:
Java API for WebSocket JSR356 Yes
Java API for JSON Processing JSR353 Yes
Java Servlet 3.1 JSR340 Yes
JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.2 JSR344 Yes
Expression Language (EL) 3.0 JSR341 Yes
JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.3 JSR245 Yes
JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) 1.2 JSR52 Yes
Enterprise Application Technologies:
Batch Applications for the Java Platform JSR352
Concurrency Utilities for Java EE 1.0 JSR236
Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java 1.1 JSR346 Yes
Dependency Injection are for Java 1.0 JSR330 Yes
Bean Validation 1.1 JSR349 Yes
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.2 JSR345 Yes
Interceptors 1.2 JSR318 Yes
Java EE Connector Architecture 1.7 JSR322
Java Persistence API (JPA) 2.1 JSR338 Yes
Common Annotations for the Java Platform 1.2 JSR250 Yes
Java Message Service API 2.0 JSR343
Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.2 JSR907 Yes
JavaMail API 1.5 JSR919
Web Services Technologies:
Java API for RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS) 2.0 JSR339 Yes
Implementing Enterprise Web Services 1.3 JSR109
Java API for XML-Based Web Services (JAX-WS) 2.2 JSR224
Web Services Metadata for the Java Platform JSR181
Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) (Optional) 1.1 JSR101
Java APIs for XML Messaging 1.3 JSR67
Java API for XML Registries (JAXR) 1.0 JSR93
Management and Security Technologies:
Java Authentication Service Provider Interface for Containers 1.1 JSR196
Java Authorization Service Provider Contract for Containers 1.5 JSR115
Java EE Application Deployment (Optional) 1.2 JSR88
J2EE Management 1.1 JSR77
Debugging Support for Other Languages 1.0 JSR45 Yes
Java EE-related Specs in Java SE:
Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.2 JSR222
Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) 1.3 JSR206
Java Database Connectivity 4.0 JSR221
Java Management Extensions (JMX) 2.0 JSR3
JavaBeans Activation Framework (JAF) 1.1 JSR925
Streaming API for XML (StAX) 1.0 JSR173

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