The beginning of the Java language can be defined as the year 1991. Back then, Sun Company, with Patrick Naughton and James Gosling, wanted to create a programing language that was concurrent, class-based, object-oriented with few implementations dependencies as possible. You may have heard the saying – “Write once, run anywhere.” As of 2016, Java is the most commonly used programing language.
The first version of Java came into light in 1996 – version 1.0. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a hit and its use didn’t spread. The creators worked day and night to fix bugs, new libraries where added, they’ve added the GUI event model, and the reflection mechanism has been improved. All of this came to be called Java 1.1.
In 1998, we saw a release of Java 1.2, the biggest change was to the name. Proudly sounding: Java 2 Standard Edition Development Kit version 1.2 or Java Standard JDK 1.2. With new Java Releases, up to 1.6, we saw primarily saw functionality enhancements.
The latest version, Java 10 was released on Marched 20, 2018, which came only 6 months after Java 9.
- 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 28, 2011)
- Java SE 8 (March 18, 2014)
- Java SE 9 (September 21, 2017)
- Java SE 10 (March 20, 2018)
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