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Java Technology

by Sun Microsystems

If technology touches your life, chances are, so does Java technology. Invented by Sun Microsystems in 1995, Java technology has become the essential ingredient of the digital experience for hundreds of millions of people in all walks of life, all over the planet.

Java software powers the onboard computers in toys, cars, planes, rockets, and even the NASA Mars Rover. It brings interactivity to the Internet, real-time graphics to television, instant imaging to cameras, and multi-player games to mobile phones and desktop PCs. It connects the largest enterprises and smallest businesses to their employees, customers, and data. And it secures the vast majority of electronic transactions in retail, finance, government, science, and medicine. In short, Java technology goes everywhere you go.

It's no wonder that Java technology has become the most powerful force in software and the most prevalent software in technology. In fact, it is the software of choice for more software engineers than any other brand of software.



Java Source Code & Scripts

  • Java ~ Sun's Java home page. The creator of Java technology.


Java Technology Facts  
  • Java technology was invented by Sun Microsystems and celebrated its 10-year Birthday in March 2005
  • The Java platform specifications and compatibility standards are controlled by the independent industry members of the Java Community Process
  • Java software runs on more types of consumer and embedded devices, smart cards, ATMs, thin clients, PCs, servers, and mainframes than any other software
  • Java applications are more resistant to viruses than any other popular programming language
  • Today's five million Java developers are the largest community of software developers
  • The annual JavaOne Developers Conference has been the largest gathering of software developers for over 10 years
  • Sun estimates the total Java Economy to be more than $100 billion in sales annually driving an additional $110 billion in related IT spending
  • The Java economy includes 1.65 billion smart cards, 800 million PCs shipped with Java, 1.2 billion Java Powered phones (source: Ovum), and over 180 telecom providers who deploy Java technology.


Recent Awards for Java Technology and Sun Microsystems  
  • Java EE 5: 2005 SOA Web Services Journal Readers' Choice Awards, for "Best Web Services Platform" (01/06)
  • Java SE: 2005 Java Developer's Journal Readers' Choice Awards, "Best JVM" (01/06)
  • Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5.0: Developer.com Technology of the Year (2/05)
  • Java Web Service Developer Pack: 2005 SOA Web Services Journal Readers' Choice Awards, for "Best Framework for SOA and Web Services" (01/06); Developer.com Web Service or Related Tool of the Year (2/05)
  • Java Wireless Toolkit: Developer.com Wireless/Mobile Development Product of the Year (2/05)



The Java History Timeline


The Green Project Begins
MS DOS is the dominant operating system
Cell phones weigh half a pound
"Biosphere 2" project begins


"Oak" is the language
*7 Debuts
"Duke" is featured in the Interface
Johnny Carson signs off "The Tonight Show" on NBC


The Green Project becomes FirstPerson
Mosaic v1.0 is released
"Cheers" ends an 11-year run


WebRunner released – the first browser that supports moving objects and dynamic executable content
The Apple QuickTake 100, the first consumer digital camera, goes on sale for less than $1,0000
"Friends" debuts on NBC


Java technology released to a select group on the Web site wicked.neato.org
The San Jose Mercury News runs a front-page article about Java technology
Name changed from "Oak" to "Java"
Announced at Sun World -- Java technology is officially born


The first JavaOne Developer Conference
JDKtm 1.0 software is released
Chess computer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time
"Dolly" the first cloned sheep is born


Over 220,000 downloads of JDK 1.1 software occur in just three weeks
JavaOne draws 8,000 attendees, becoming the world’s largest developer conference
Java Card 2.0 platform is unveiled
43% of U.S. families own a computer


JDK 1.1 release downloads top 2 million
Visa launches world’s first smart card based on Java Card technology
The Java Community Process (JCP) program formalized
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" premieres in the U.K


Java 2 platform source code is released
JavaOne draws 20,000
J2EE beta software is released
"Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" released


Over 400 Java User Groups are established worldwide
Java Developer Connection program tops 1.5 million members
Steve Jobs joins Scott McNealy on stage at JavaOne to announce a major commitment by Apple in support of Java technology
Heavy Metal band Metallica sues Napster for copyright violations


First international JavaOne conference in Yokohama Japan
Over 1 million downloads of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) SDK
Google Inc. PageRank search algorithm patent awarded
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is released


J2EE SDK downloads reach 2 million
78% of executives view J2EE technology as the most effective platform for building and deploying Web services
The Euro is introduced
"The Osbournes" becomes a surprise hit on MTV


Java technology runs in almost 550 million desktops
Almost 75% of professional developers use Java programming language as their primary development language
Commercial Voice-Over-Internet (VoiP) phone service begins
"The Da Vinci Code" is published


Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5 (Project Tiger) is released
The Java technology-powered Mars Rover (Spirit) touches down on Mars
Sun Java Studio Creator is launched


Java technology celebrates its 10th birthday
Approximately 4.5 million developers use Java technology
Over 2.5 billion Java technology-enabled devices are available
java.com bundles the Google Toolbar with the JRE download