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What is the complete Java Release Version history?

Surender Pandey

8 months ago

Java have Release it's first version Java 1.0 in January 1996. The Most Stable version is Java 17 which was Released on September 14, 2021.


Here is a brief history of Java release versions:


Java 1.0 (January 23, 1996): The initial release of Java, providing the core features of the language and basic libraries.


Java 1.1 (February 19, 1997): Introduced several new features, including inner classes, JDBC (Java Database Connectivity), and the JavaBeans component architecture.


Java 1.2 (December 8, 1998): Also known as Java 2, it introduced significant enhancements such as the Swing GUI toolkit, the Collections framework, and the Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI).


Java 1.3 (May 8, 2000): Added features like HotSpot JVM (Java Virtual Machine), RMI (Remote Method Invocation) over IIOP (Internet Inter-ORB Protocol), and the Java Sound API.


Java 1.4 (February 6, 2002): Introduced features such as assert statements, regular expressions (java.util.regex), and the NIO (New I/O) API for high-performance I/O operations.


Java 5 (September 30, 2004): It's also known as Java 1.5. It introduced major updates including generics, enhanced for-each loop, autoboxing/unboxing, varargs, annotations, and the concurrency utilities package (java.util.concurrent).


Java 6 (December 11, 2006): Introduced improvements such as scripting support with the introduction of the Java Compiler API, the JAXB API for XML data binding, and various performance enhancements.


Java 7 (July 28, 2011): Added features like the switch statement with string support, try-with-resources statement, diamond operator for type inference, and the Fork/Join Framework for parallel programming.


Java 8 (March 18, 2014): One of the most significant releases, it introduced lambda expressions, the Stream API for functional-style programming, the Date and Time API (java.time), and default methods in interfaces.


Java 9 (September 21, 2017): Introduced modularity with the Java Platform Module System (JPMS), the REPL (JShell), the Flow API for reactive programming, and various improvements to the JVM.


Java 10 (March 20, 2018): Added features such as local variable type inference (var keyword), improved container awareness in the JVM, and experimental features like the Graal JIT compiler.


Java 11 (September 25, 2018): Introduced long-term support (LTS) and notable features including the removal of the Java EE modules, the HTTP Client API, and the launch of the OpenJFX project.


Java 12-16 (2019-2021): These versions brought incremental updates and improvements to the language and platform, including features like switch expressions, text blocks, records, and various enhancements in garbage collection and performance.


Java 17 (September 14, 2021): The latest stable release as of my knowledge cutoff, it introduced features such as sealed classes, pattern matching for switch, sealed interfaces, and improved security and performance.




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Surender Pandey

Software Engineer at Amazon India

8 months ago

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