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VMblog Expert Interview: Mike Milinkovich of the Eclipse Foundation on the Latest in Open Enterprise Java
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VMblog had the opportunity to speak with Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, to find out more about the launch of the Jakarta EE 10 Platform.

VMblog:  Tell me about what the Eclipse Foundation has announced.

Mike Milinkovich:  The Jakarta EE community is fulfilling a five-year-old promise with the formal launch of the Jakarta EE 10 Platform, Web Profile, and the new Core Profile specifications. This release delivers the first significant innovations in enterprise Java standards since 2017. We are also releasing the Jakarta EE Developer Survey report, which is the industry's most prominent survey for technical insights into enterprise Java.

VMblog:  What is the significance of Jakarta EE 10 compared to other releases?

Milinkovich:  Quite simply, this is the biggest advance to open enterprise Java since Java EE 8 was released in 2017. Jakarta EE 10 introduces features and updates for building modernized, simplified, and lightweight cloud native Java applications, which means there is a new foundation for Java developers to enter into the world of cloud services and infrastructure under an open, vendor-neutral, community-driven process. We started down this road when Oracle agreed to move Java EE from the Java Community Process (JCP) to the Eclipse Foundation for governance, and now the Jakarta EE community is standing tall on its own.

VMblog:  You also released the latest version of your 2022 Jakarta EE Developer Survey report. What did this year's findings uncover?

Milinkovich:  First and foremost is that enterprise Java is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts, with significant growth across multiple metrics. Particularly in regard to the use of Jakarta EE in conjunction with cloud native architectures that incorporate microservices, containers, and other elements involved in more modern software development. In fact, among our respondents, Jakarta EE was found to be the basis of the top frameworks used to build cloud native applications.

VMblog:  How do you see these trends being reflected in the industry today?

Milinkovich:  I think Microsoft Azure's recent commitment as an enterprise member of the Jakarta EE Working Group, as well as its recent enterprise Java-friendly announcements, are one of the best indicators of Jakarta EE's growth in the market. Leaders like Microsoft know the importance of Java workloads to their enterprise customers and are supporting Jakarta EE as the platform of the future.

Another key indicator is the 35% growth we have seen in membership in Jakarta EE this past year. More and more vendors are seeing the value in delivering Jakarta EE-compatible products in response to enterprise customer demand.

VMblog:  Where does the Jakarta EE community go from here?

Milinkovich:  With the Jakarata EE 10 threshold crossed, right now the sky is the limit. With our survey we heard from developers on what they need from us in the coming releases. The top three community priorities for Jakarta EE are native integration with Kubernetes, better support for microservices, and faster support from existing Java EE / Jakarta EE cloud vendors. That last one really is indicative of the demand out there from enterprises, and we expect that demand to grow now that Jakarta EE is delivering new innovation in cloud native Java.

VMblog:  Where can our readers find out more?

Milinkovich:  The 2022 Jakarta EE Developer Survey Report can be downloaded here, while the formal press release for Jakarta EE 10 can be downloaded here. For anyone that wants to learn more about participating in the Jakarta EE community all are welcome to connect with the global community at the following page: https://jakarta.ee/connect/

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Published Friday, September 23, 2022 7:31 AM by David Marshall
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