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12 Months of Java in 2012

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It’s been a busy old year for Java. The rise of several JVM languages and the community as a whole stood out but what else? We flick back through the calendar…


  • Amazon release the scalable DynamoDB, a NoSQL effort underpinning their cloud empire.
  • Jetbrains unveil their own language, Kotlin, which compiles to JVM bytecode and JavaScript.
  • After the acrimonious fallout (which led to Jenkins), CI server Hudson receives its first milestone at the Eclipse Foundation.


  • Business intelligence specialists Jaspersoft launch their own Big Data Index to keep tabs on emerging data stores, suggesting a big year for data.
  • Apache Ace gets Top-Level Project status at the ASF, showing OSGi is on their agenda.
  • With Java 7 failing to gain as much traction as hoped, Oracle extend Java 6’s End Of Life to November 2012. This became February 2013 not long after.


  • Plans to move Oracle’s JDK bug database to JIRA were pushed back, after the team realised how big the task at hand was.
  • Red Hat become the first open source company to hit $1bn revenue for their financial year.
  • Typesafe, the company behind Scala’s rise, unleash Akka 2.0 – their event-driven middleware framework.


  • Citrix bring cloud infrastructure conductor CloudStack to Apache’s incubator door, which they willingly receive.
  • Tomcat’s Webprofile counterpart Apache TomEE hits version 1.0.
  • JBoss’s testing integration project Arquillian gets its first stable version too.


  • VMware’s sponsored polyglot project vert.x arrives to plenty of acclaim, in a year which would see it go from strength to strength.
  • The drawn out Oracle vs Google trial gets its  rst verdict and the jury  nd that Java patents weren’t infringed in Android.
  • JRuby guy Charlie Nutter moves over to Red Hat – what plans do they have in store for JRuby?


  • The biggest Eclipse release train ever arrives – Eclipse Juno, but it isn’t long before performance issues arise with the Eclipse 4.2 platform.
  • Oracle  nally bows to peer pressure and releases their own cloud platform – the imaginatively – titled Oracle Cloud.
  • The second version of Groovy finally arrives, bringing static type features with it.



  • Oracle look to get extra juice out of Java, by opening an open source venture into whether Java’s GPU could be used for computational power, and not just graphics.
  • Typesafe get $14m funding – could Scala challenge Java’s position with this investment?
  • The REST API project Apache Deltacloud goes GA.


  • JavaOne 2012 focuses on the importance of the community and an embedded future for Java in the coming years.
  • The leading light for data Google publish Spanner, showcasing the possibilities of a truly scalable, global distributed database. The industry salivates.
  • Rackspace hand over the keys to the OpenStack community.


  • JAX London returns for the fifth time, with Brian Goetz’s Lambda discussion stealing the show.
  • Rod Johnson joins Typesafe, on its board of directors. Could Scala get the Spring enterprise treatment?
  • Eclipse Orion, the foundation’s IDE spinoff into the browser gets a first full release.


  • After much secrecy, Project Nashorn, the JavaScript engine for the JVM open sources.
  • JSR 107 – the temporary caching API reaches an early draft review for Java EE 7, after 10 years hard work.
  • Facebook open sources MapReduce job scheduler Corona.


  • VVMware and EMC spin Cloud Foundry and Spring into a separate company, in the Pivotal Initiative.
  • DataFX 1.0 arrives to solve JavaFX's data source headache.

Source: JAX Magazine / December 2012


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