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Re: [rest-dev] Drop Minimum Java Requirement to Java 17


On Wed, 13 Dec 2023 at 18:03, James Perkins <jperkins@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
To me it comes down to the question of adoption. Do we want people to adopt the new Jakarta REST 4.0 specification? If yes, running on Java SE 17 seems like we would get the most adoption.

It's similar to discussions that we had since about Java 1.2 really. Back then it was staying on Java 1.0 vs adopting Java 1.2, and not even that long ago in Java EE 8 staying on Java 6 vs Java 8.

Eventually, was it ever an issue?

I mean, JDK 21 was released, instead of putting more time into JDK 17. Why did the Java SE team even release 21, if putting more time and energy into Java 17 updates would mean larger adoption of Java?

Or would pushing the ecosystem forward eventually mean more adoption?

Kind regards,
Arjan Tijms

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