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The Java History Timeline

1991 

The Green Project Begins
MS DOS is the dominant operating system
Cell phones weigh half a pound
"Biosphere 2" project begins

1992

"Oak" is the language 
*7 Debuts
"Duke" is featured in the Interface
Johnny Carson signs off "The Tonight Show" on NBC

1993 

The Green Project becomes FirstPerson
Mosaic v1.0 is released
"Cheers" ends an 11-year run

1994 

WebRunner released — the first browser that supports moving objects and dynamic executable content
The Apple QuickTake 100, the first consumer digital camera, goes on sale for less than $1,000 
"Friends" debuts on NBC

1995 

Java technology released to a select group on the Web site wicked.neato.org
The San Jose Mercury News runs a front-page article about Java technology
Name changed from "Oak" to "Java"
Announced at Sun World -- Java technology is officially born

1996 

The first JavaOne Developer Conference
JDKtm 1.0 software is released
Chess computer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time
"Dolly" the first cloned sheep is born

1997 

Over 220,000 downloads of JDK 1.1 software occur in just three weeks
JavaOne draws 8,000 attendees, becoming the world's largest developer conference
Java Card 2.0 platform is unveiled
43% of U.S. families own a computer

1998 

JDK 1.1 release downloads top 2 million
Visa launches world's first smart card based on Java Card technology
The Java Community Process (JCP) program formalized
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" premieres in the U.K

1999 

Java 2 platform source code is released
JavaOne draws 20,000
J2EE beta software is released
"Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" released

2000 

Over 400 Java User Groups are established worldwide
Java Developer Connection program tops 1.5 million members
Steve Jobs joins Scott McNealy on stage at JavaOne to announce a major commitment by Apple in support of Java technology
Heavy Metal band Metallica sues Napster for copyright violations

2001 

First international JavaOne conference in Yokohama Japan
Over 1 million downloads of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) SDK
Google Inc. PageRank search algorithm patent awarded
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is released

2002 

J2EE SDK downloads reach 2 million
78% of executives view J2EE technology as the most effective platform for building and deploying Web services
The Euro is introduced
"The Osbournes" becomes a surprise hit on MTV

2003 

Java technology runs in almost 550 million desktops
Almost 75% of professional developers use Java programming language as their primary development language
Commercial Voice-Over-Internet (VoiP) phone service begins
"The Da Vinci Code" is published

2004 

Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5 (Project Tiger) is released
The Java technology-powered Mars Rover (Spirit) touches down on Mars
Sun Java Studio Creator is launched

2005 

Java technology celebrates its 10th birthday
Approximately 4.5 million developers use Java technology
Over 2.5 billion Java technology-enabled devices are available
java.com bundles the Google Toolbar with the JRE download

2006 

Rich Green announces at the JavaOne 2006 Conference that it's not a matter of when Sun will open source Java technology, but how. The NetBeans IDE 5.0 is released. Sun open-sourced Java EE components as the Glassfish Project to java.net. Java SE and ME initial components are released as open source. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is released.

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