Oracle has officially announced the availability of Java EE 7, which IDC analyst Al Hilwa says is "one of the most expansive" Java updates ever. Key new features include HTML5 application development capabilities and improvements in scalability and performance. However, some highly anticipated caching and cloud computing features were pushed out to the Java EE 8 release.
"Java EE7 brings this widely used enterprise framework to the modern age of HTML5 and also brings significant improvement in developer productivity that will have windfalls in code quality," said Hilwa. "In this age of the polyglot programmer, Java EE will allow Java to remain one of the most widely deployed technologies for server applications on the planet."