Java History

Java history gives a quick recap of how Java evolved to its current state. As part of Javapapers, I wanted to record and preserve this precious history time line. This historical information is collated from Internet and unable to verify these events. I did my best to provide accurate information, if you find anything wrong in the below account please email me.


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





Thanks to Tarek Anandan for this nice JQuery plugin Timeliner.

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

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47 comments on “Java History

  1. Hello Joe. Thanks for your great info. Yet to read the article. But still i want to appreciate your work towards java and other technologies. Expecting a lot of articles from you in the future…

  2. Thanks for your blog boss – From heart !
    Yes, I am not using to the fullest, but it helps many ! Thanks Again :)

    - Srikar

  3. thanks joe….nice content….and very helpful… best list of summary of Java features I have ever seen… thanks again

  4. 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.

    • Santhosh,
      Added the major features along with the versions.

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

  6. Hi Joe,

    Do you have any idea about Oracle Service Bus.

    If you have please start a blog on that too..

    Thanks in Advance

    • It may not be possible in the near future Priya. I have a long list of todo to close out like in Android, Spring and need to start on Hibernate. So, it will take some time to complete all these.

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

  8. thanks joe…really very good source of knowledge about java.

  9. 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?

  10. Very Good Stuff. Really appreciating your hardwork

  11. 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.

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

  12. This is the best article i ever read

  13. Java incorporated a lot of feature way back…

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

    • Are you asking about the “Java history timeline” is displayed or the left side menu bar?

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

  20. great job joe i want to learn more from you about java
    can i?

  21. 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.


  22. Sir’ what do we mean by the 1.2 , 1.3 etc.

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