Java History and Development of JAVA

Let’s have a look at java development and history:

Java is a High Level (4th generation) Object-Oriented Programming language. It was developed by James Gosling and his colleagues (Mike Sheridan and Patrick Naughton), altogether known as the Green Team, at Sun Micro Systems, Colorado, USA.


It was initially named as Oak in June 1991 but later on, changed to Java due to trademark issues with Oak Technologies.

The first version of Java i.e. JDK 1.0 was released on 23rd January 1996.

It was created with an aim to develop a fully fledged programming language that would be :

  • Simple
  • Robust
  • Platform-Independent
  • Portable
  • High Performing
  • Secured
  • Multi-Threaded and Dynamic

Many versions of Java Versions have been released till date. The following table illustrates the same:

JDK Alpha and Beta1995
JDK 1.01996
JDK 1.11997
J2SE 1.21998
J2SE 1.32000
J2SE 1.42002
J2SE 5.02004
Java SE 62006
Java SE 72011
Java SE 82014
Java SE 92017
Java SE 102018


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