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Update for Jakarta EE community: May 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 06:46 by Tatjana Obradovic

The Jakarta EE community is the driving force behind the future of cloud-native Java. Active participation represents the best way to drive the vendor-neutral and rapid innovation necessary to modernize enterprise systems for cloud use cases. That said, we’d like to make sure that the community is kept up-to-speed with the latest developments in the Jakarta EE ecosystem.

We’re launching a monthly email update for the Jakarta EE community which seeks to highlight news from various committee meetings related to this platform. There are a few ways to get a grip on the work that has been invested in Jakarta EE so far, so if you’d like to learn more about Jakarta EE-related plans and get involved in shaping the future of cloud-native Java, read on. We’d also like to use this opportunity to invite you to get involved in EE4J projects and join the conversation around the Jakarta EE Platform.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at what has happened this month:

Update on Jakarta EE Rights to Java Trademarks

The process of migrating Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation has been a collaborative effort between the Eclipse Foundation staff and the many contributors, committers, members, and stakeholders that are participating. The Eclipse Foundation and Oracle have agreed that the javax package namespace will not be evolved by the Jakarta EE community. Furthermore, Java trademarks such as the existing specification names will not be used by Jakarta EE specifications.

Since the ratified Jakarta EE specifications will be available under a different license (the Eclipse Foundation Specification License), we recommend that you update your contributor and committer agreements.

Read more about the implications and what’s next for the Jakarta EE Working Group in Mike Milinkovich’s latest blog.

In order to evolve Jakarta EE, we must transition to a new namespace. In an effort to bootstrap the conversation, the Jakarta EE Specification Committee has prepared two proposals (Big-bang Jakarta EE 9, Jakarta EE 10 new features and incremental change in Jakarta EE 9 and beyond) on how to make the move into the new namespace smoother. These proposals represent a starting point, but the community is warmly invited to submit more proposals.

Community discussion on how to transition to the jakarta namespace will conclude Sunday, June 9th, 2019.

EFSP v1.1

Version 1.1 of the Eclipse Foundation Specification Process was approved on March 20, 2019. The EFSP leverages and augments the Eclipse Development Process (EDP), which defines important concepts, including the Open Source Rules of Engagement, the organizational framework for open source projects and teams, releases, reviews, and more.

JESP v1.0

Jakarta EE Specification Process v1.0 was approved on April 3, 2019. Therefore, the Jakarta EE Specification Committee now adopts the EFSP v1.1 as the Jakarta EE Specification Process with a few modifications, including the fact that any changes or revisions of the Jakarta EE Specification Process must be approved by a Super-majority of the Specification Committee.


TCK process:

Work on the TCK process is in progress, with Tomitribe CEO David Blevins leading the effort. The TCK process is expected to be completed in the near future. The document will shed light on aspects such as the materials a TCK must possess in order to be considered suitable for delivering portability, the process for challenging tests and how to resolve them and more.      

Jakarta EE 8 release

Jakarta EE 8 is a highly-anticipated release, especially since it represents the first release that’s completely based on Java EE to ensure backward compatibility. It relies on four pillars of work, namely specifications for the full platform, TCKs, including documents on how to use them, a compatible implementation for the release of Jakarta EE 8, and marketing aspects such as branding, logo usage guidelines, and marketing and PR activities.

All parties involved are far along with the planning process and work on specifications has already started. Please look at Wayne Beaton’s blogs on the work in progress with regard to specification project names and specification scopes.


EE4J GitHub

Get involved in Eclipse EE4J! There are currently three projects that you can be a part of, namely Specification Document Names, Jakarta Specification Project Names, and Jakarta Specification Scope Statements (for the specifications). Furthermore, there are plenty of repos that require your attention and involvement.

But before you dive right in, you should read the latest blog from the Jakarta EE Specification committee, which recently approved a handful of naming standards for Jakarta EE Specification projects. While you’re at it, you should read Wayne Beaton’s blog on why changing the names of the specifications and the projects that contain their artifacts is a necessary step.

Head over to GitHub and join the conversation!

Jakarta EE Platform

There’s no better time to get involved in the work for the Jakarta EE Platform than the present. As of now, the projects that demand the community’s attention are the Jakarta EE 8 Platform Specification, which is meant to keep track of the work involved with creating the platform specification for Jakarta EE 8, Jakarta EE 9 Platform Specification, intended to keep track of the work involved with creating the platform specification for Jakarta EE 9 and Jakarta EE.Next Roadmap Planning, which seeks to define a roadmap and plan for the Jakarta EE 9 release.

Community Engagement

Speaking of community engagement, there are a few ways to get a grip on the work that has been invested in Jakarta EE so far, learn more about Jakarta EE-related plans and get involved in shaping the future of cloud-native Java. One way to do that is by reading Tanja Obradovic’s blog series on how to get involved.

You should also be aware of the newly-created Jakarta EE community calendar, which is now open to the public and offers an overview of all the activities surrounding Jakarta EE. The community is invited to participate in Jakarta Tech Talks, which take place on a monthly basis, attend Jakarta EE Update monthly calls (the next one is on May 8), help build the Jakarta EE wiki with all relevant links and look for opportunities to engage and become part of the community.

Last but not least, the Jakarta EE Developer Survey will be released in the next few days. Head over to jakarta.ee to discover the latest trends, the community’s top priorities regarding the future of Jakarta EE and more. Stay tuned!


Thank you for your interest in Jakarta EE. To help us build tomorrow’s enterprise Java platform, join the Jakarta EE community now or get involved by becoming a contributor or committer to one of the EE4J projects.   

Help steer Jakarta EE toward its exciting future by joining the Jakarta EE working group!