Jeff Mesnil
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J2EE is the past, J5EE is the future

June 28, 2004

Apparently, Sun will change the version number of Java to 5.0 with Tiger. But it seems that they'll keep the name J2SE and J2EE.

It reminded me of a good laugh I had with a thread on about J3EE and the related bileblog.

Maybe Sun and the JCP will suprise anybody by going directly to J5SE and J5EE... Imagine all the consequences:

  • Who would care about J2EE compliance, J5EE compliance is the way to go
  • if J3EE would have been all about lightweight containers and aspects, what could be J5EE?
  • Why EJB 3.0? I want my EJB 5.0 (but they'll have to be backwards compatible to version 1.0)!
  • All the J3EE proponents will look so passé...

Seriously though, I think it's a good idea to update the major version number of Java but it'd be a good idea to also remove the 2 number from Java 2 Standard and Enterprise Edition. I'd prefer a Java Enterprise Edition 1.5 rather than explaining that the J2EE version 1.5 is dependent of Java language in version 5.0.