From Java EE to Jakarta EE

As you may already know, the Java EE name is in the process of a name change. Oracle forced a rebranding after open sourcing and transferring Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation last fall.

The Java EE Guardians, led by well-known Java evangelist Reza Rahman, submitted an open letter to Oracle to express their concerns over Oracle's restriction of the name "Java" and the "javax" package names.

Rahman conducted two surveys on the rebranding last fall and the results overwhelmingly demonstrated that the Java community supported to keep the Java EE name.

Despite all the efforts by Rahman and the Java EE Guardians to keep the "Java" and "javax" names, the process of determining a new name for Java EE will move forward. A new poll to select Java EE's new name recently opened. There are two choices:
  • Jakarta EE
  • Enterprise Profile
Once used by the Apache Foundation for stewarding various Java subprojects, the Jakarta name was retired in December 2011.

The Jakarta EE name was originally suggested by Java EE Guardian, Kenneth Jaeger, as a response to a blog post by Wayne Beaton, director of open source projects at the Eclipse Foundation.


The Java EE Guardians support the proposed Jakarta EE name partly because the Jakarta name has a rich heritage in the Apache Foundation.

As for me, I voted for Jakarta EE and I hope you do as well. But time is running out! The poll closes tomorrow, February 23, 2018.

For more details on this topic, please visit my recent news article on InfoQ.

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