"Java has inspired a lot of hatred, but it’s been incredibly influential in building modern enterprise software, along with the tools we use to develop, maintain, and deploy that software."
—Mike Loukides, O'Reilly Media
The road from Java's first public alpha of 1.0 to today has been long—and full of technical advances, innovative solutions, and interesting complications. Along the way, Java has flourished and is now one of the world's most important and widely-used programming environments.
Benjamin Evans, the Java editor for InfoQ and author of Java in a Nutshell, 6th edition, takes us on a journey through time: