History of java language

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:

Version Year
JDK Alpha and Beta 1995
JDK 1.0 1996
JDK 1.1 1997
J2SE 1.2 1998
J2SE 1.3 2000
J2SE 1.4 2002
J2SE 5.0 2004
Java SE 6 2006
Java SE 7 2011
Java SE 8 2014
Java SE 9 2017
Java SE 10 2018


History of java language