Java History

This Java history article presents you the timeline of events and how Java evolved to its current state. As part of JavaPapers, I wanted to record this precious history time line. This historical information is collated from Internet and various related sources. I did my best to provide accurate information and if you find any discrepancies please comment below.


Green Project
Hardware Prototype


Java Named
Star-seven Prototype


TV Set-top Box
Application Development for Platform


Web Browser Era
Java Compiler


Formal Launch
Netscape Support
Oracle Support
Microsoft Support














Java/Jdk (Half) Open Sourced


Oracle Buys Sun
No Support for Java in Future – Apple





This Core Java tutorial was added on 03/12/2013.

Comments on "Java History" Tutorial:

  1. Rodriguez says:

    Hello Joe. Thanks for this excellently crafted article. I appreciate your work for Java. This Java history information is the best and most comprehensive ever found in Internet. Good to see James Gosling’s demo video.

  2. Corey says:

    Thanks for your Java blog – From heart! It helps many many beginners in the Java world. Thanks.

  3. Abhishek says:

    Thanks Joe. Really very good source of knowledge for us.

  4. Harris says:

    This is the best Java timeline and historical events found on net. Thanks.

  5. Pavan says:

    Thanx Joe, Great work, very helpful. :)

  6. Santosh Nesaragi says:

    Thanks joe, really very good source of knowledge and very helpful content. i want to suggest one more thing, with versions of java, if you include major changes or extra features in versions. its more helpful.

  7. Joe says:

    Added the major features along with the versions.

  8. Muralidharan says:

    What about java 8 with lambda expression. Can you explain what is lambda expression?

  9. Evans says:

    Thanks Joe for this impressive account of events. Nicely abridged and the presentation is cool. Complete info! Thanks.

  10. vijendra singh pawar says:

    Nice Work Joe!!! But please also include info about code names of java versions.

  11. Manish says:

    For java 7 Code named Dolphin

  12. Collins says:

    Wow this is the info I was searching for. You saved! Complete historical events on single page, cool man

  13. Karthic Santhanam says:

    Thanks Joe
    Great and hard work put by you is helping others (including me) a lot.
    Is that possible to talk about J2EE evolution in the same way, as there are diff components in it?

  14. Suresh Y says:

    Very Good Stuff. Really appreciating your hardwork

  15. Surendra says:

    Hi Joe! Your passion towards Java is awesome..

    I’m following your blog from past few months and
    I got the an opportunity to prove myself in Java because you.

    I just fall in love with java and you are one of the reason.

    Thank you so much.

  16. Hall says:

    nice thing about this article is, it is comprehensive. appreciate it!

  17. Mahaboob basha says:

    This is the best article i ever read

  18. Jeff says:

    I did not know about the Green project and all that interesting prelude. Thanks to this author for presenting us.

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  20. Don says:

    The best Java history information ever. Good you recorded it for the future. I have printed this info in my cubicle, thanks.

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  22. […] Replacing the supertype’s instance with a subtype’s instance. This is called inclusion polymorphism or subtype polymorphism. This is covariant type and the reverse of it is contravariant. We have discussed the substitution principle and covariant types, contravariant and invariant earlier in the linked tutorial. This is demonstrated with a code example. Java supports subtype polymorphism from Java / JDK version 1.5. […]

  23. Reddy says:

    Hi Joe, How you added tree menu to your website with wordpress

  24. Joe says:

    Wow, thanks Surendra. I feel so happy when someone tells that I have made a tiny difference. Thanks, it keeps me motivated.

  25. P.Ravikumar says:

    good information joe you are doing a great job…much..joe

  26. P.Ravikumar says:

    great job joe i want to learn more from you about java. do you have idea about putting java video tutorials?

  27. Leo says:

    it is useful thank you. This is the best page for “Java History Timeline”..

  28. A.Santhoshkumar says:

    it was useful thank you.

  29. Saidulu says:

    Hi Joe,
    Many people may know the subject but 90% of those may not be good presenters. You definitely stood in those 10% who have good presentation skills.
    Thanks for detailed explanation.


  30. Venu Gopal Pippiri says:

    Thanks Joe. Appreciate on this source of knowledge about Java.

  31. Helen says:

    Joe, your work for Java is impressive. Do you take Java classes, may be over net through skype or something like that? I am a C programmer and started learning Java. Most of the times I refer you Java fundamentals tutorials and they are very helpful, thanks. By any chance if you offer Java coaching, pls mail me. Thanks.

  32. Jyothi Prasad says:

    Very informative sir. Thanks a lot for your efforts to provide us this valuable stuff.

  33. Scott says:

    Can you make this as a PDF and allow for download? Java history information presented is nice and feels complete.

  34. shekhar says:

    Hi Joe, your blog is a great source to learn Java for beginners like me, thank you so much.

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  36. Betty says:

    This is the best Java history information found ever on single page. Thanks.

  37. rahul says:

    hi joe,
    I appreciate your work. This blog is the best knowledge and videos combination which I have ever seen. Once again I would like to thank you for doing a tremendous job. Please keep it up.

  38. Zakarreah Baayer says:

    Thank you for this great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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