After being in the limelight as the new source of Java with it’s new improved method of writing the Java language, Java 5 (J2SE 5) has reached it’s EOLS (End Of Life Service) and is now put into the archives page of the Sun Java’s page. Looks like Java 5 is going to phase out after it went into EOLS on the 3rd of November 2009.
Here’s the excerpt taken from Sun Java 5.0 Page.
J2SE 5.0 End of Service Life Notice
J2SE 5.0 reached its End of Service Life (EOSL) on November 3, 2009, which is the date of the final publicly available update of version 5.0 (J2SE 5.0 Update 22).
Customers interested in continuing to receive critical fixes, are encouraged to consider the following options:
For developer needs, all products that have completed the EOL transition period, including the last Java SE release of 1.5, have been moved to the Archive area.
From Java 1.4 to Java 5 was quite a transition. Now since that Java 5 has now gone in EOLS period, what’s in store for the Java developers and researchers out there? It looks like time will tell. JDK 7 is still in beta and currently available for DOWNLOAD. As of date of print, here is the link to download the latest JDK 7 from Sun. Now what will the final JDK 7 be in store for us, time will let us know. So, so long Java 5, you have been around and it’s time for you to go. Looks like those planning to take their SCJP exams now have to catch up on Java 5 concepts and work towards Java 7.