The Jakarta EE platform has finished moving into its new home at the Eclipse Foundation after a year of significant effort to contribute, build, and test the Java EE technologies in a new community. This has been a huge achievement involving 40 technology projects, 106 GitHub repositories, 35,000 tests, and countless blog posts, articles, tweets, meetings, and conference presentations by numerous contributors. Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, recently described some of the challenges that had to be overcome to get to where we are, as well as some of the highlights, including the delivery of an Eclipse Foundation Specification Process and its adoption as the foundation of the new Jakarta EE Specification Process (JESP) that takes over the role of platform definition from the Java Community Process (JCP).
IBM is excited to see Enterprise Java all coming together at the Eclipse Foundation, with the wider development community leading the definition and innovation of cloud-native Java. We look forward to WebSphere Liberty, and the upstream Open Liberty project, continuing to deliver the latest Eclipse MicroProfile microservice innovation on top of the foundational Jakarta EE platform as both continue to evolve. As recently announced, IBM intends to certify both WebSphere Liberty and Open Liberty to Jakarta EE 8, and we hope to do so as soon as the Jakarta EE certification process is available. And, as our WebSphere community expects, our Jakarta EE-certified WebSphere Liberty will continue to run all existing applications without change.