SAN FRANCISCO: With development moving forward on the next edition of Java EE, executives at Oracle are praising the work of third-parties and outside developers in helping to craft and advance the platform.
Speaking at the company's 2012 JavaOne conference, the team responsible for overseeing various components of Java said that the work from the outside community has improved substantially since Sun was acquired by Oracle.
"[Java] is thriving as a language, it is thriving on new platforms, and it is doing so not just with Oracle, but with engaging even more with the vendors and user groups," said Oracle vice president of development Cameron Purdy.
"It is a vibrant ecosystem, it is something that Sun had for many years and the last year or two of Sun's existence had receded."
The company said that the next steps in the development of Java would come in the EE7 release. Slated to arrive next year, EE7 will include some 33 new specifications and making it the biggest Java EE release to date.
The platform also looks to pick up some new supporters. Purdy noted that firms such as IBM and Jboss have shown high interest in offerings such as Java EE and Glassfish.
"These are not companies milking some old revenue stream," he said, "this is major investment in Java EE by massive players."
As the platform moves forward, however, new challenges await. Patrick Curran, Java community chair, said that the community would soon be undertaking a massive legal effort around the use and licensing of patents and intellectual property.
Curran estimates that the project, which will require the involvement of legal teams from Oracle and other firms, could take more than a year to complete.