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This article covers the history of Java, from its creation in 1991 to the present day.

History

Creation and early days (1991-1995)

Java was conceived by a team lead by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems in June 1991.[1] Initially known as Oak, the name was changed to Java in 1995 after it was discovered that another programming language was also named Oak.[Citation needed] It was originally meant to be a programming language for embedded systems such as TV remotes and microwave ovens.[2][3]

Java was released publicly in 1995.[Citation needed]

Rise in popularity (1995-????)

Versions

Version Release Date Features
JDK 1.0 January 23, 1996
JDK 1.1 February 19, 1997
J2SE 1.2 December 8, 1998
J2SE 1.3

May 8, 2000

J2SE 1.4 February 6, 2002
J2SE 5.0 September 30, 2004
Java SE 6 December 11, 2006
Java SE 7 July 7, 2011
Java SE 8 March 18, 2014
Java SE 9 September 21, 2017
Java SE 10 March 20, 2018
Java SE 11 September 25, 2018

References

  1. History of Java programming language – Free Java Guide
  2. Brief History of Java – Simon Fraser University
  3. Schildt, H. (2014). Java: The Complete Reference (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 978-0-07-160630-1.