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Java's "Tiger" Roars - J2SE Version 1.5.0 Available in Beta Release

Java's "Tiger" Roars - J2SE Version 1.5.0 Available in Beta Release

The next major revision to the Java platform and language, version 1.5.0, is now available.

J2SE 1.5 has been developed under the Java Community Process  as Java Specification Request (JSR) 176, which is led by Sun and an expert group of industry-recognized corporate and individual developers.

The JSR recently won a unanimous vote in the JCP Executive Committee, making way for the beta program to officially open, and accept participants immediately.

New features incorporated since the last "major" release - 1.4.0. - include:

  • New language updates: Metadata, Generics, Enumerated types, Autoboxing of primitive types
  • New JVM Monitoring and Mangement API
  • Improved out-of-box performance
  • New (but compatible) default Java look and feel

"Java technology gives developers the best platform for innovation and ease of development," said Mark Bauhaus, Sun's vice president, Java Web Services, announcing the release.

"J2SE 1.5 marks a tremendous achievement for the Java development community, and is a key milestone in the Java technology roadmap," he continued. "These Java programming language enhancements appeal to a broad variety of Java developers by harnessing the power of the Java platform and allowing developers greater to access it."

Monitoring and manageability is a key focus for the release, Bauhaus pointed out, adding that 1.5 features improvements that allow Java technology-based applications created on the J2SE 1.5 platform to be deployed into existing SNMP-based enterprise management systems.

"This allows the JVM software to be monitored and managed for higher levels of reliability, availability, and serviceability," he explained. 

Also new in J2SE 1.5 platform is the inclusion of the Java Management Extensions (JMX), delivering out-of-the-box deployment to enterprise management systems that support JMX.

For more information on Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.5.0 Beta 1and to participate in the beta program, visit here.

 

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