DEVIES Award to Jakarta EE 10

We are excited to announce that Jakarta EE 10 has won a 2023 DEVIES Award in the Programming Languages & Frameworks category.  The 11th annual DEVIES Awards are the definitive annual awards for the software industry recognizing outstanding design, engineering, and innovation in developer technology across 31 categories.

“Developer tools and technology product solutions are leading the way for software developers & engineers to build upon the foundation of the ever-expanding technology sector. Jakarta EE’s win is evidence of their leading role in the growth and innovation in the software industry,” said Jonathan Pasky, Executive Producer of DevNetwork, producer of DeveloperWeek and the 2023 DEVIES Awards.

Award winners were selected from a record-high 310 nominations by an expert-led panel of the DevNetwork Advisory Board, based on the following criteria: 1) attracting notable attention and awareness in the software industry; 2) general regard and use by the developer, engineering & IT community; and 3) being a technical leader in its sector for innovation.

Jakarta EE will be presented its DEVIES Award during DeveloperWeek 2023 (Feb 15-17, Oakland, CA & Feb 21-22, Virtual), the world’s largest developer and engineering conference & expo with 8,000+ participants from 150+ countries across the globe.

Hashtag Jakarta EE #161

Welcome to issue number one hundred and sixty-one of Hashtag Jakarta EE!

We are almost a month into 2023 and the Jakarta EE Platform Project is ramping up the release planning for Jakarta EE 11. A survey will shortly go out to all the individual component specification projects to gather input about their plans. The responses from this survey will feed into the release plan for Jakarta EE 11. A draft of this release plan is in the works and will be on the agenda for the Jakarta EE Platform call this week.

The agenda for the next Monthly Jakarta EE Platform Architecture call is ready. Following the update on Project Loom in the context of Jakarta EE by Alan Bateman and Ron Pressler from the JDK Team at Oracle, we want to have a broader discussion around the implication virtual threads and other features in Java 21 will have on Jakarta EE 11.

The call is scheduled for 11:00 AM ET on February 7, 2023. Check the public calendar for details on how to join.

Jakarta EE will have dedicated track at Devnexus this year. with two full days of Jakarta EE related talks. There will even be a celebration of the 5 hyear anniversary of Jakarta EE. Maybe there will even be cake? (Vincent, this is a hint for you 😋)

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, please use the code SEEMESPEAK to get a nice discount. This is the largest Java conference in the USA with 12 concurrent tracks, great food and networking oportunities. Not to mention the mega raffle at the end where you can win really nice prices!

Jfokus 2023 is only a week away. In addition to a quickie talk on How to Be a Responsible Open Source Citizen, I will also host the second annual Jfokus Morning Run. Sign up for the run at the Jfokus Morning Run MeetUp Event and meet me outside the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center at 07:15 AM CET on Wednesday, February 8, 2023!

jChampionsConf 2023

This was the third edition of jChampionsConf. As the name implies, all speakers of this conference are Java Champions. The 100% virtual four-day conference (January 19, 20, 23, and 24) is available on the JChampions Conference YouTube channel.

Don’t worry if you missed a talk when it was LIVE. You can always go back and check it out at any time on YouTube!

Since I didn’t have a talk at this year’s edition, I volunteered as moderator for Has the J2EE vs Spring Infinity War reached an End Game? A short history of Java for the enterprise by Antoine Sabot-Durand. It was a very good talk where Antoine took us through the major events from the 20-year history of Enterprise Java. I highly recommend it!

Hashtag Jakarta EE #160

Welcome to issue number one hundred and sixty of Hashtag Jakarta EE!

Last week, I was speaking at THAT Conference in Round Rock, Texas. It was my first travel in 2023, and it felt really good to be on the road again. I have a feeling that 2023 will be at least as busy as 2022. Judging by the activity on Sessionize last year, I have something to live up to.

In Hashtag Jakarta EE #159 last week, I predicted that the high-level guidelines for Jakarta EE 11 would be a major topic in the following Jakarta EE Platform calls. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the platform call due to a conflict with my talk at THAT Conference. Judging from the minutes, it was a very productive call, and the Platform Project is eager to get started with the work of defining a plan for the release.

One of the key tasks identified is to start the work with the TCKs to be able to run with Java 21 by removing the usage of Security Manager and start early with running on Java 18, 19, and 20 to identify all potential issues with moving to newer runtimes.

I also want to remind you about the next Monthly Jakarta EE Platform Architecture call, which is scheduled for 11:00 AM ET on February 7, 2023. For this call, we are honored to have  Alan Bateman and Ron Pressler from the JDK Team at Oracle give us an update on Project Loom in the context of Jakarta EE. Check the public calendar for details on how to join.

THAT Conference 2023

It was my first time attending and speaking at THAT Conference. It is a three-day conference at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Round Rock, Texas. The original conference in Wisconsin has been going on for years, and this was the second time it was organized in Texas. It is an intimate and very well-organized conference. The crew certainly know what they are doing. It doesn’t hurt that it is organized in a waterpark either…

One of the things they do is to organize daily 5K morning runs. Thanks to Josh Gretz for organizing!

My talk was titled How to Be a Responsible Open Source Citizen. This is a brand new talk on a topic I have been thinking about a lot lately. It is different from the talks I usually do in that it didn’t contain a demo. This may sound like a relief for a speaker, but I kind of feel otherwise. Speaking for an hour just being backed by slides is more challenging than being able to lean on a demo to make it engaging. Check out the slides from my talk.

I really enjoyed my visit to Round Rock and THAT Conference, Texas and will certainly put it on my calendar over potential conferences next year as well. Next year’s conference will be January 29 – February 1, 2024.

Hashtag Jakarta EE #159

Welcome to issue number one hundred and fifty-nine of Hashtag Jakarta EE!

As I mentioned in Hashtag Jakarta EE #157, the Steering Committee of the Jakarta EE Working Group has been working on defining high-level guidelines for Jakarta EE 11. The effort, led by Steve Millidge, concluded with the following resolution at the steering committee call this week:

“Resolved, the Steering Committee recommends that the Jakarta EE Working Group begin planning for the next Jakarta EE 11 release as proposed in the Jakarta EE 11 Narrative Presentation, with the following high-level guidelines: 

  • Target Java version 21 
  • Target GA date Q1 2024
  • Priorities 
    • Unified APIs improving Developer Experience
    • New Specifications
    • Build on the Latest Java
    • Enable Community Contribution

These guidelines are provided to encourage a common community direction for Jakarta EE 11.“

It is certainly great news that the Jakarta EE Steering Committee defines these high-level guidelines for Jakarta EE 11. Now, it is up to the Jakarta EE Platform Project to define a plan for how to act on the guidelines. This will certainly be the main topic of the upcoming weekly Jakarta EE Platform calls.

The next Monthly Jakarta EE Platform Architecture call is scheduled for 11:00 AM ET on February 7, 2023. For this call, we are honored to have  Alan Bateman and Ron Pressler from the JDK Team at Oracle give us an update on Project Loom in the context of Jakarta EE. Check the public calendar for details on how to join.

While you are reading this, I am on my way to THAT Conference in Round Rock, Texas. The conference brands itself as “A summer cam pin the Texas winter for software geeks passionate about learning all things mobile, web, cloud, and technology.”.

Those of you that know me, know that I like to go for a morning run before the conference days. At THAT Conference, they have a 5K run on the schedule each morning. All attendees that join me there will get a Jakarta EE running shirt and a surprise swag.

To round off this Hashtag, check out the video Why Choose Jakarta EE.

Hashtag Jakarta EE #158

Welcome to issue number one hundred and fifty-eight of Hashtag Jakarta EE!

2023 is a week old, and my first conference of the year is coming up! I am going to Texas to speak at THAT Conference in Round Rock, Texas. It is my first time attending this conference, so I am looking very much forward to it!

If you want to attend, but haven’t registered yet, check out for ticket options. Use the discount code unspecified at checkout for 80% off the no-food camper ticket.

THAT Conference is happening January 15-19. 2023. In addition to being my first time speaking at this particular conference, I am also trying out a brand new talk. It is titled How to Be a Responsible Open Source Citizen at this conference and will be a more inspirational style talk than my usual technical talks.

Kind of related to the topic of this talk is something that happened during the last days of 2022. Seemingly out of nowhere, Eclipse Krazo received a PR from Maarten Mulders fixing the issue with Krazo running on Open Liberty. And it didn’t stop there. Maarten found some issues with the EE4J pom.xml when building on Maven 4, which he also submitted a PR to fix.

Thank you, Maarten for your contributions! (and bring on those Stroopwafels 😋)

The Jakarta EE Platform project will resume its weekly platform calls in the upcoming week. The first call is on Tuesday, January 10 at 11:00 AM ET. Find the details on the public Jakarta EE Specifications Calendar. Join us if you want to be a part of the discussions and provide input to the work with defining Jakarta EE 11.

Hashtag Jakarta EE #157

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!

Hashtag Jakarta EE #156

Welcome to issue number one hundred and fifty-six of Hashtag Jakarta EE!

I realize that it is Christmas Day and hopefully most of you stay away from your devices for some electronic detox over the Holidays. This is the last Hashtag Jakarta EE in 2022. But don’t despair, I will continue to publish these short news updates in 2023 as well, the first to be published on New Year’s Day.

Since I sort of summarized the year, in terms of conferences in the conference year of 2022, I won’t repeat that here. I hope you are all able to enjoy a couple of well-earned days off to recharge. See you next year!

The Conference Year 2022

I don’t think we will ever experience anything like 2022 regarding conferences. This was the year we all went back to meeting in person after the two dark years of the pandemic. As one of the privileged able to travel to speak at a significant number of conferences, I got to experience firsthand the joy, relief, and happiness from organizers, speakers, and attendees that we were back to meeting again.

As you can see from the heap of badges, it was a busy year. Since I wrote a short write-up after each event, I won’t repeat that here. You can check out the individual reports here:

I always bring my running shoes with me when I travel. That way, I can get out to explore the area while exercising. It is the perfect way to start a conference day. Whenever practical, I invited conference attendees to join me on these Jakarta EE Community Runs. Take a look at the video we showed as a part of JakartaOne Livestream 2022.

I am happy to share that I just received a new batch of the beautiful, and very popular, Jakarta EE lightweight running shirts to bring along to conferences in 2023. And it doesn’t stop there, this batch of shirts includes women’s sizes!
Join me for Jakarta EE Community Runs in 2023 to get one, and get in shape at the same time!