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.



Comments on “Java History”

  1. Mahesha

    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. Srikar

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

    - Srikar

  3. Abhishek

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

  4. Pavan

    Thanx Joe, Great work, very helpful. :)

  5. Santosh Nesaragi

    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.

  6. Muralidharan

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

  7. Kowlwar Padma Priya

    Hi Joe,

    Do you have any idea about Oracle Service Bus.

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

    Thanks in Advance

    • Joe

      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.

  8. vijendra singh pawar

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

  9. Manish

    For java 7 Code named Dolphin

  10. Vinod Kumar Gaur

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

  11. Karthic Santhanam

    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?

  12. Suresh Y

    Very Good Stuff. Really appreciating your hardwork

  13. Surendra

    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.

    • Joe

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

  14. Shankar

    Thanks a lot useful information.

  15. Mahaboob basha

    This is the best article i ever read

  16. Pratik

    Java incorporated a lot of feature way back…

  17. vasu

    nice article sir

  18. Reddy

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

  19. P.Ravikumar

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

  20. P.Ravikumar

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

  21. A.Santhoshkumar

    it was useful thangyou..

  22. Saidulu

    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.


  23. thanks joe… appriaciate on this source of knowledge about java

  24. Anonymous

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

  25. Jyothi Prasad

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

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