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Jakarta EE 9.1 Accelerates Open Source Enterprise Java

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Just a little more than five months ago, I was sharing news about the Jakarta EE 9 platform release. Today, I’m very pleased to tell you that the Jakarta EE Working Group has released the Jakarta EE 9.1 Platform and Web Profile specifications and related Technology Compatibility Kits (TCKs). Congratulations and thanks to everyone in the Jakarta EE community who made this release possible.

The accelerated innovation we’re seeing in Jakarta EE, and the growing number of compatible implementations, are clear signs that enterprise Java is experiencing a renaissance.

Enterprises Have New Agility to Develop and Evolve Java Applications

Jakarta EE 9 opened the door to the next era of innovation using cloud native technologies for Java by delivering the “big bang” namespace change to jakarta.*. 

Jakarta EE 9.1 takes that rejuvenation to the next level. The release includes a number of updates and new options, and is compatible with Java SE 11, which is seeing increasing adoption. The 2020 Jakarta EE Developer Survey revealed that 28 percent of respondents were using Java SE 11, compared to 20 percent of respondents in 2019.

Together, the advances in Jakarta EE 9.1 give enterprises the flexibility to make more choices, and to mix and match technologies as needed to meet their unique application development and migration requirements. With Jakarta EE 9.1, enterprises can:

  • Develop and deploy Jakarta EE 9.1 applications on Java SE 11, the most current LTS release of Java SE, as well as Java SE 8
  • Leverage Java SE 11 features that have been added since Java SE 8 in their Jakarta EE 9.1 applications 
  • Take advantage of new technologies that support Java SE 11 in their Jakarta EE 9.1 applications
  • Move existing Jakarta EE 9 applications to Java SE 11 without changes
  • Migrate existing Java EE and Jakarta EE 8 applications to Jakarta EE 9.1 using the same straightforward process available for migration to Jakarta EE 9

With a variety of paths to choose from, every enterprise can develop and migrate Java applications in a way that aligns with their technical objectives and business goals.

There Are Already Five Jakarta EE 9.1-Compatible Applications

As we announce Jakarta EE 9.1, five products from global leaders in the Java ecosystem have already been certified as compatible with the release:

  • IBM’s Open Liberty
  • Eclipse Glassfish
  • Apache TomEE
  • Red Hat’s Wildfly
  • ManageCat’s ManageFish

These implementations are proof positive the Java ecosystem recognizes the value Jakarta EE brings to their business and the technologies they develop.

The rapid technology adoption we’re seeing with Jakarta EE is thanks to the openness of  the Jakarta EE Specification Process. This simplified process dramatically lowers the barrier to entry, making it much easier for organizations of all sizes to have their products certified as a compatible implementation and leverage the Jakarta EE brand for their own business success.

The number of compatible implementations across Jakarta EE releases is growing all the time, so be sure to check the Jakarta EE compatible products webpage for the latest list. To be listed as a Jakarta EE-compatible product, follow the instructions here.

Learn More About Jakarta EE 9.1 and Get Involved

To learn more about the Jakarta EE 9.1 release contents, read the Jakarta EE 9.1 release plan and check out the specifications.

As the focus shifts to Jakarta EE 10, the Jakarta EE Working Group and community welcome all organizations and individuals who want to participate. To learn more and get involved in the conversation, explore the benefits of membership in the Jakarta EE Working Group and connect with the community.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

May 26, 2021 at 7:05 am

Posted in Foundation, Jakarta EE

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