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JSR 366: Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) Specification

Stage Access Start Finish
Final Release Download page 18 Sep, 2017  
Final Approval Ballot View results 08 Aug, 2017 21 Aug, 2017
Proposed Final Draft Download page 07 Jul, 2017  
Public Review Ballot View results 30 May, 2017 12 Jun, 2017
Public Review Download page 25 Apr, 2017 25 May, 2017
Early Draft Review 2 Download page 28 Nov, 2016 28 Dec, 2016
Early Draft Review Download page 21 Oct, 2015 20 Nov, 2015
Expert Group Formation   23 Sep, 2014 21 Nov, 2014
JSR Review Ballot View results 09 Sep, 2014 22 Sep, 2014
JSR Review   26 Aug, 2014 08 Sep, 2014
Status: Final
JCP version in use: 2.10
Java Specification Participation Agreement version in use: 2.0

This JSR is to develop Java EE 8, the next release of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition.

Expert Group Transparency:
  Public Project Page
  Public Communications
  Issue Tracking


Specification Leads
Star Spec Lead Linda Demichiel Oracle
Star Spec Lead William Shannon Oracle
Expert Group
  Goncalves, Antonio
: Antonio Goncalves
: Kevin Sutter
Jelastic, Inc.
: Ruslan Synytsky
  Werner Keil oparco - open architectures & consulting
: Markus Winkler
: Linda Demichiel
: William Shannon
: Florent Benoit
Red Hat
: Jason Greene
  Red Hat
: Antoine Sabot-Durand
Savoir Technologies
: Jeff Genender
TmaxSoft, Inc.
: Moon Namkoong
: David Blevins
  Rahman, Reza
: Reza Rahman

Updates to the Original JSR
The following updates have been made to the original proposal:

The schedule has been updated:
Q4 2016 Early Draft 2
Q2 2017 Public Review
Q3 2017 Proposed Final Draft
H2 2017 Final Release

The schedule has been updated:
Q4 2015 Early Draft
Q1 2016 Public Review
Q3 2016 Proposed Final Draft
H1 2017 Final Release

Note that this updated is superseded by the 22 November 2016 update.

Original Java Specification Request (JSR)

Identification | Request | Contributions

Section 1. Identification

Submitting Member: Oracle

Name of Contact Person: Linda DeMichiel

E-Mail Address:

Telephone Number: +1 408 276 7057

Fax Number: +1 408 276 4185

Specification Lead Member: Oracle America, Inc.

Specification Leads: Linda DeMichiel, Bill Shannon

E-Mail Address:,

Telephone Number: +1 408 276 7057, +1 408 276 7280

Fax Number: +1 408 276 4185

Initial Expert Group Membership:


Supporting this JSR:

Credit Suisse
London Java Community
Red Hat
TmaxSoft Inc
Adam Bien
David Blevins
Jeff Genender
Antonio Goncalves
Josh Juneau
Werner Keil
Kito Mann
Michael Remijan

Section 2: Request

2.1 Please describe the proposed Specification:

This JSR is to develop Java EE 8, the next release of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition.

The main focus of this release is on support for HTML5 and the emerging HTTP 2.0 standard; enhanced simplification and managed bean integration; and improved infrastructure for applications running in the cloud.

Since its inception, the Java EE Platform has been targeted at offloading the developer from common infrastructure tasks through its container-based model and abstraction of resource access. In recent releases the platform has considerably simplified the APIs for access to container services while broadening the range of the services available. In this release we aim to continue the direction of improved simplification, while extending the range of the Java EE platform to encompass emerging technologies in the web space and in cloud technology.

- Latest web standards -

Java EE 7 delivered support for HTML5 dynamic and scalable applications with the Java API for WebSocket, the JSON Processing API, and Servlet NIO. Web standards continue to evolve, and it is critical that the Java EE platform support developments in this space.

In Java EE 8 we expect to augment our support for HTML5 applications by adding support for server-sent events, standardized binding between JSON text and Java objects, and improvements to the Java API for WebSocket and the Java API for JSON Processing. We expect to add support for the emerging HTTP 2.0 standard (scheduled for submission as a Proposed Standard in 2014) to the Servlet API. We also expect to add support for action-based MVC.

- Ease of development -

We plan to enhance the managed bean model to make ease of use features that are currently available only to selected components available to all managed beans via the mechanisms provided by CDI. In particular, we plan to consider enhancements for declarative security by means of CDI interceptors and for notifications for timed events by means of the CDI event and observer mechanism.

- Infrastructure for cloud support -

We expect to augment the infrastructure added in Java EE 7 for cloud support. Areas that we plan to consider include more flexible support for configuration, including support for configuration of multiple tenants; simplified and improved security configuration; and REST-based APIs for monitoring and management.

- Alignment with Java SE 8 -

Java EE 8 will build on Java SE 8. We will encourage component JSRs to review and improve their APIs with the Java SE 8 language changes in mind, so that developers will be able to take advantage of new features such as repeating annotations, lambda expressions, the Date/Time API, type annotations, Completable Futures, etc.

- Preliminary contents -

We expect that the following new JSRs will be candidates for inclusion in the Java EE 8 Platform:

JCache (JSR-107)
Java API for JSON Binding (JSR-367)
Model View Controller (MVC) (JSR-371)

The new component JSRs that we plan to propose for inclusion add significant capabilities to the platform: JCache enables scaling of applications by standardizing a powerful caching layer accessible from all containers; the API for JSON Binding builds on the API for JSON Processing to provide for mapping between JSON text and Java objects; the Model View Controller JSR provides for action-based MVC, to complement the component-based approach of JSF.

Several of the technologies already included in the Java EE platform are expected to be updated for the Java EE 8 release, including all or some of the following:

Java API for WebSocket
Java API for JSON Processing (JSON-P)
Java API for RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS)
JavaServer Faces (JSF)
Java Servlet
Expression Language (EL)
Java Message Service (JMS)
Concurrency Utilities for Java EE
Batch Applications for the Java Platform
Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java EE (CDI)
Bean Validation
Common Annotations
Java Connector Architecture
Java Transaction API (JTA)
Java Persistence API (JPA)
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
JavaServer Pages (JSP)

- Web Profile -

This JSR will also update the Java Enterprise Edition Web Profile to version 8. In addition to incorporating the latest versions of the technologies currently in the Web Profile, we expect to consider adding new required technologies to the Web Profile, such as the new API for JSON Binding.

- Pruning -

In accordance with the pruning process defined by the Java EE 6 specification, we will consider designating the following as Proposed Optional in this release: the EJB 2.x client view APIs (EJBObject, EJBHome, EJBLocalObject, EJBLocalHome) and support for CORBA IIOP interoperability.

2.2 What is the target Java platform? (i.e., desktop, server, personal, embedded, card, etc.)

This specification defines a release of the Java EE Platform.

2.3 The Executive Committees would like to ensure JSR submitters think about how their proposed technology relates to all of the Java platform editions. Please provide details here for which platform editions are being targeted by this JSR, and how this JSR has considered the relationship with the other platform editions.

This JSR updates the Java EE Platform and the Java EE Web Profile.

2.4 What need of the Java community will be addressed by the proposed specification?

See 2.1 above.

2.5 Why isn't this need met by existing specifications?

See 2.1 above.

2.6 Please give a short description of the underlying technology or technologies:

A detailed description of Java EE functionality can be found in the Java EE Specification, see

2.7 Is there a proposed package name for the API Specification? (i.e., javapi.something, org.something, etc.)

The Java EE platform itself does not require a package name. All of its requirements are reflected in the packages of its constituent Java APIs.

2.8 Does the proposed specification have any dependencies on specific operating systems, CPUs, or I/O devices that you know of?


2.9 Are there any security issues that cannot be addressed by the current security model?

Java EE 8 addresses mechanisms and policies required for secure usage of its constituent component models and access APIs. These mechanisms must be compatible with the security facilities of Java SE 8. Java EE 8 may define additional Service Provider Interfaces, including those that allow security technology vendors to integrate with Java EE application servers.

2.10 Are there any internationalization or localization issues?

Java EE uses the I18N support in Java SE and defined in constituent technologies.

2.11 Are there any existing specifications that might be rendered obsolete, deprecated, or in need of revision as a result of this work?

Other than the Java EE specification itself, the Java EE Web Profile specification, and the new versions of their constituent components, Java EE 8 should not require other existing specifications to be revised.

2.12 Please describe the anticipated schedule for the development of this specification.

Q3 2014 Expert Group formed
Q1 2015 Early Draft
Q3 2015 Public Review
Q4 2015 Proposed Final Draft
Q3 2016 Final Release

Note that this schedule has been updated.

2.13 Please describe the anticipated working model for the Expert Group working on developing this specification.

The primary means of communication will be email, with conference calls and face-to-face meetings scheduled as needed.

2.14 Provide detailed answers to the transparency checklist, making sure to include URLs as appropriate:

The project site will be used to track all issues and disseminate information on the progress of the JSR.

- Is the schedule for the JSR publicly available, current, and updated regularly?

The schedule will be available on the project site,, and via the Community tab of the JSR.

- Can the public read and/or write to a wiki for the JSR?

The project users list ( is used for this purpose.

- Is there a publicly accessible discussion board for the JSR that you read and respond to regularly?

The project users list is used for this purpose.

- Have you spoken at conferences and events about the JSR recently?

Yes, at JavaOne.

- Are you using open-source processes for the development of the RI and/or the TCK?

Yes, the RI is being done under the open source GlassFish project at The TCK is not open source.

- What are the Terms of Use required to use the collaboration tools you have prepared to use with the Expert Group, so that prospective EG members can judge whether they are compatible with the JSPA?

The terms of use are those of

- What is the location of your publicly-accessible Issue list? In order to enable EC members to judge whether Issues have been adequately addressed, the list must make a clear distinction between Issues that are still open, Issues that have been deferred, and those that are closed, and must indicate the reason for any change of state.

The publicly-accessible Issue list is available at

- What is the mechanism for the public to provide feedback on your JSR?

The public can provide feedback on the JSR by means of the users list.

- Where is the publicly-accessible document archive for your Expert Group?

The publicly-accessible document archive is available at

- Does the Community tab for my JSR have links to and information about all public communication mechanisms and sites for the development of my JSR?

Yes, it will.

- Do you have a Twitter account or other social networking feed which people can follow for updates on your JSR?

Updates on the JSR will be made available on the project site,, and by means of the users list for the project.

- Which specific areas of feedback should interested community members (such as the Adopt-a-JSR program) provide to improve the JSR (please also post this to your Community tab)?

The formation of Adopt-a-JSR groups to provide technical feedback for Java EE 8 is encouraged and supported.

2.15 Please describe how the RI and TCK will de delivered, i.e. as part of a profile or platform edition, or stand-alone, or both. Include version information for the profile or platform in your answer.

The RI and TCK for Java EE 8 and the Java EE 8 Web Profile will be delivered in the same way they were delivered for Java EE 7.

2.16 Please state the rationale if previous versions are available stand-alone and you are now proposing in 2.13 to only deliver RI and TCK as part of a profile or platform edition (See sections 1.1.5 and 1.1.6 of the JCP 2 document).


2.17 Please provide a description of the business terms for the Specification, RI and TCK that will apply when this JSR is final.

Java EE 8 specification license

Web Profile specification license

RI license

  1. Commercial use

    The RI will be available for commercial use under the CDDL 1.1 open source license, the GPLv2 with Classpath Exception open source license, or this RI license for Java EE and this RI license for Web Profile.

  2. Non-Commercial use

    The RI will be available for non-Commercial use under the CDDL 1.1 open source license or the GPLv2 with Classpath Exception open source license.

TCK license

  1. Commercial use

    The Java EE 8 TCK will be available for commercial use under this TCK license, and the Web Profile TCK under this TCK license.

  2. Non-Commercial use

    As required by the Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA), the TCK will be licensed at no charge without support to qualified not-for-profit. The Compatibility Testing Scholarship Program will verify such qualification. Support may also be provided at no charge with approval of the scholarship board. For more information, please refer to:

2.18 Please describe the communications channel you have established for the public to observe Expert Group deliberations, provide feedback, and view archives of all Expert Group communications.

The Expert Group will conduct business on a publicly readable alias. The public will have an alias on which to provide feedback and discuss issues related to the JSR. There will also be a publicly accessible JIRA and document archive. (See also 2.19 and 2.20 below.)

2.19 What is the URL of the Issue Tracker that the public can read, and how does the public log issues in the Issue Tracker?

2.20 Please provide the location of the publicly accessible document archive you have created for the Expert Group.

Section 3: Contributions

3.1 Please list any existing documents, specifications, or implementations that describe the technology. Please include links to the documents if they are publicly available.

Java Platform, Enterprise Edition Specification Version 7 and Java Platform, Enterprise Edition Web Profile Specification, Version 7:

3.2 Explanation of how these items might be used as a starting point for the work.

These specifications will be the starting point for this work.