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Shashank Gokhale
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Hi,
Was there ever a Java 1, since we now have Java 2?
Also if you say Java 2 is the next verion after Java 1, then what are all the Java 1.2, Java 1.3, Java 1.4?


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John Lee
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Originally posted by Shashank Gokhale:
Hi,
Was there ever a Java 1, since we now have Java 2?
Also if you say Java 2 is the next verion after Java 1, then what are all the Java 1.2, Java 1.3, Java 1.4?

Is there a Java 1.0? I guess so. 1.1 , 1.2 , ... are all minor revision over 1.0 . Java 2 is major revision , I suppose.
Dirk Schreckmann
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As I recall...
In the olden days, Sun released Java 1.0. A bit later, version 1.1 was released with some improvements. With the release of Java 1.2, considering the significant improvements (including the new collections framework) and probably a marketing desire for publicity, Sun decided to call it Java 2 so we'd all know that Java had been improved.
So far, all versions since 1.2 are also referred to as Java 2.


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Layne Lund
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My understanding is that the official name is Java 2. The numbers 1.2, 1.3, etc. refer to the Java Software Development Kit (Java SDK). So technically there is no such thing as Java 1.2; it's actually Java 2: JDK 1.2. I'm not exactly sure why Sun decided to number these differently, but they did...


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