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History of Java
Posted on: July 26, 2006 at 12:00 AM
Java was designed by Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s to solve the problem of connecting many household machines together. This project failed because no one wanted to use it.

Java: History of Java

Two failures

Java was designed by Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s to solve the problem of connecting many household machines together. This project failed because no one wanted to use it.

Then it was redesigned to work with cable TV. This project also failed because the cable companies decided to choose a competing system.

Success

When the World Wide Web became popular in 1994, Sun realized that Java was the perfect programming language for the Web. Early in 1996 (late 1995?) they released Java (previously named Oak) and it was an instant success! It was a success, not because of marketing, but because there was a great need for a language with its characteristics.

Java 1.0, 1.1, and 2 (same as Java 1.2)

Java 1.0 was the first version. Java 1.1 added important changes to user interface management, and many important new classes were added (JDBC, JavaBeans, ...). Java 2 was released at the end of 1998 with important additions to many different parts of Java, but especially with an improved graphical user interface, and many additional packages.

Versions:

  • Java 1.0 - 212 classes in 8 packages, released May 1996
  • Java 1.1 - 503 classes in 23 packages, released Feb 1997
  • Java 1.2/2.0 - 1,520 classes in 59 packages, released Dec 1998
  • Java 5.0 - 3562 classes in 166 packages.
Copyleft 2003 Fred Swartz MIT License
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