This is the project for the Java EE Platform specification. The Java EE Platform specification is the umbrella specification that defines the Java EE platform. The platform specification doesn't define the Java EE APIs directly, but rather includes them by reference to other Java specifications and defines how they all fit together in the overall Java EE platform. The platform specification also defines other attributes of the platform such as security, deployment, transactions, and interoperability.
Java EE 6 was released on Dec 10, 2009. Java EE 7 is currently under development as JSR 342 and is the main focus of this project. The Spec Leads for Java EE 7 are Linda DeMichiel and Bill Shannon. You'll find a full list of the Expert Group members on the JSR 342 page.
You can track all the platform expert group communication by subscribing to the "users" mailing list. To subscribe, or to browse the archives, see the Mailing Lists page.
You can find the latest drafts of proposals and other working documents on the Documents page.
Most of the other Java EE specifications that are under active development have project pages here as well:
In preparation for a timely release of Java EE 7 in April 2013, we've established milestones for the JSRs under the Java EE 7 umbrella.
The milestone dates indicated below are the absolute latest dates that will allow the Java EE 7 release target date to be achieved. It is strongly recommend that spec leads aim for submissions in advance of these dates.
|03/20/2013||Submission of Materials for Final Ballot to the JCP|
|03/26/2013||Start of Final Ballot|
|04/08/2013||Completion of Final Ballot|
|04/15/2013||Release of Spec, RI, TCK|
|03/27/2013||Submission of Materials for Final Ballot to the JCP|
|04/02/2013||Start of Final Ballot|
|04/15/2013||Completion of Final Ballot|
|04/22/2013||Release of Spec, RI, TCK|
|04/03/2013||Submission of Materials for Final Ballot to the JCP|
|04/09/2013||Start of Final Ballot|
|04/22/2013||Completion of Final Ballot|
|04/29/2013||Release of Spec, RI, TCK|
|04/10/2013||Submission of Materials for Final Ballot to the JCP|
|04/16/2013||Start of Final Ballot|
|04/29/2013||Completion of Final Ballot|
|05/13/2013||Release of Spec, RI, TCK (Final Release of Java EE 7)|
|02/07/2013||Submission of MR to the JCP|
|03/26/2013||Completion of Maintenance Review Ballot|
Note that Reference Implementations for non-Oracle led JSRs will need additional coordination for platform integration, which is not described here.
The rules we follow to ensure backwards compatibility when revising Java EE specifications are described on the Compatibility Requirements page.
Annotations are used heavily in the Java EE programming model. It's important that all Java EE specifications define and use annotations in a consistent way. We've written up some DRAFT rules on how annotations work.
For more about "JEE", see this page.