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Java 8 vs Java EE: What are the differences?


Java 8 and Java EE are two different versions of the Java programming language. While Java 8 is the latest major release of the core Java language, Java EE, which stands for Java Enterprise Edition, is a set of specifications and APIs built on top of Java SE (Standard Edition) that are specifically designed for developing large-scale enterprise applications.

  1. Java 8:

    • Java 8 introduced several significant language enhancements, including lambda expressions, functional interfaces, default methods in interfaces, streams, and the new date/time API. These features enable developers to write more concise and expressive code, improve code readability, and make it easier to work with collections and manipulate data.
  2. Java EE:

    • Java EE, on the other hand, provides a set of standardized APIs and services that simplify the development of enterprise applications. It includes specifications for web services, servlets, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java Persistence API (JPA), Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), and many other components. Java EE also provides support for distributed computing, messaging, security, and transaction management, making it well-suited for building large-scale, mission-critical applications.
  3. Compatibility:

    • While Java 8 is a standalone language update, Java EE is built on top of Java SE and requires a Java SE implementation to run. Java 8 can be used to write applications for any platform or device that supports Java, whereas Java EE is primarily used for developing server-side applications that run on application servers.
  4. Scope:

    • Java 8 focuses on improving the language itself, introducing new features and enhancing existing ones. Java EE, on the other hand, provides a comprehensive platform for building enterprise applications by defining a set of specifications and APIs that cover various aspects of application development.
  5. Target Audience:

    • Java 8 is targeted towards all Java developers, including those working on desktop, web, and mobile applications, as well as those working on backend services and APIs. Java EE, on the other hand, is primarily targeted towards enterprise developers who need to build scalable, distributed, and transactional applications.
  6. Deployment and Packaging:

    • Java 8 applications can be deployed as standalone JAR files or bundled into self-executing JAR files. Java EE applications, on the other hand, are typically packaged as Enterprise Archive (EAR) files, which contain multiple modules (EJB, web, etc.) and are deployed to a Java EE application server.

In Summary, Java 8 focuses on language improvements and provides new language features, while Java EE provides a comprehensive platform for developing large-scale enterprise applications by defining a set of specifications and APIs.

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      What is Java 8?

      It is a revolutionary release of the world’s no 1 development platform. It includes a huge upgrade to the Java programming model and a coordinated evolution of the JVM, Java language, and libraries. Java 8 includes features for productivity, ease of use, improved polyglot programming, security and improved performance.

      What is Java EE?

      It is developed using the Java Community Process, with contributions from industry experts, commercial and open source organizations, Java User Groups, and countless individuals. It offers a rich enterprise software platform and with over 20 compliant implementations to choose from.

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