Welcome to issue number one hundred and fifty-seven of Hashtag Jakarta EE, the first of many in 2023!
Happy New Year!
Let’s peek into the crystal bowl and check out what we can expect from 2023. The Conference Year 2022 was amazing! European conferences were more or less back at pre-pandemic attendance numbers while US conferences struggled a little with their numbers. This trend will most likely continue in 2023. Conferences in Asia also seem to start up again in 2023. I hope to see as many of you as possible at as many conferences as possible!
Even if you are hesitant, or unable to travel to a conference, there may be very good options in your neighborhood. Check out your local JUG, or other communities to see what’s going on. As an example, if you are located in the US Midwest do check out CodeMash 2023 (Jan 10-13)! I have had the honor of speaking at CodeMash several times, and it is absolutely worth a visit!
One thing that will happen in 2023 is that Java 21 will be released in September. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten that Java 20 will be released in March. But since Java SE 21 is labeled as an LTS release, it will get more attention. I would, however, recommend always using the latest version, LTS or not, if you are able to.
With Java on its steady, predictable release train, can we expect something like that for Jakarta EE as well? The discussions in various projects and forums seem to go in that direction. The Steering Committee of the Jakarta EE Working Group seems to favor a model where Jakarta EE is released 6 months after a Java SE LTS release. A suggestion is that Jakarta EE 11 will be released in Q1 2024 with Java SE 21 as the baseline. Consequently, there will not be a major release of Jakarta EE in 2023. It is expected that a decision around this will be made in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more updates!