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A Brief History of Java

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Starting from 1991 and going all the way to the present, this video by Jesse Davis shows how Java has evolved, weaving it with cultural highlights along the way.

Watching the video it's clear to see that the real hype around Java kicked off around 2002, where J2EE was thought to be the most effective platform for building and deploying web services. From there things really take off - in 2003 Java was on 550 million computers, and since then it has continued it's pervasiveness. 

For those who have been involved in Java for quite some time, you'll probably enjoy the trip down memory lane. Where Java goes next is interesting - there's no doubt the JVM will prevail, but will we be writing Java or some other scripting language over the JVM in the future? 


Liam Knox replied on Fri, 2009/08/07 - 6:35pm

That it is titled Java and JDBC and harks on about the two as though they are of equivalent value I find most odd. Was the author involved in JDBC or J2EE ? Both of these technologys are relatively irrelavent compared to the language and VM.

Gilbert Herschberger replied on Fri, 2009/08/07 - 7:16pm

Of course, a brief history of Java is too brief to mention the JavaLobby, Java Community Process, controversy over international standardization, and the important contribution of many people and organizations to numerous to name. Where is an accurate and comprehensive history of Java? The history of Java is worth preserving, isn't it?

I would like to read such a history of Java that captures the moments of history. There were epic battles in the history of Java. Betrayal, greed, stupidity, genius. Exciting reading.

And no history of Java would be complete without taking note of the growing complexity of Java. A thousand pages could not contain a complete catalog of acronyms, APIs, SPIs, projects, applications, websites, techniques and technologies.

Joe Farmer replied on Sat, 2009/08/08 - 2:23pm

The question is how many new projects are starting in Java? I would really like to know since I do not see any. It's may be a temporary thing, recession related. Though I see projects starting in c#.

Artur Karazniewicz replied on Sun, 2009/08/09 - 7:57am in response to: Joe Farmer

How many? I don't know... I do not see any starting in C# also (mainly because I don't care C#;). Does it means anything? Hardly.

Walter Bogaardt replied on Mon, 2009/08/10 - 7:14pm

Another point look at how many projects start on Sourceforge.net and see how many have any code commited. I've seen projects sitting there for a year with nothing yet.

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