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Video: A Brief History of Java and JDBC

Posted by editor on July 27, 2009 at 7:24 AM PDT

I don't spend much time watching videos on the web. However, "A Brief History of Java and JDBC", which Jonathan Bruce pointed out a few days ago, is an interesting and entertaining way to spend four minutes and thirteen seconds of your time.

The video starts with the beginning of Java in 1991. Then, it was named "Oak." Duke was apparently around from very near the beginning. And, well, the video proceeds from there to outline the history of Java, with some focus on JDBC in particular.

The video ties events in the history of Java and JDBC with various entertainment events, such as the appearance of movies and the beginning or end of long-running television series. The evolution of cell phones and digital cameras are also used as reference points for giving us a sense of when and how long ago the various events in Java's history occured.

The video, which is a pretty slick production, is the creation of Jesse Davis (jldavis007). Jesse had this to say about the video when he posted it:

For some internal training I wanted to highlight the importance of Java on the technology industry and the world, so I decided to do this brief history of Java and JDBC movie. My first Google search turned up a history timeline from Sun Microsystems (http://www.java.com/en/javahistory/) and so that was used as the basis for the movie. Java Junkies Enjoy!

Here's the actual timeline Jesse is referring to. The timeline itself includes a few of the entertainment references Jesse included in his video, but he added others as well.

There's one little scene in the video that I disagree with, or don't understand: the statement that Apple at some point "eclipsed" Sun. To me, they are far too different to be seen as direct competitors. And, with respect to Java itself, I don't think anyone would consider Apple to have eclipsed Sun...

Regardless, "A Brief History of Java and JDBC" is entertaining and informative. Thanks to Jesse Davis for creating and posting the video, and thanks to Jonathan Bruce for noticing it and pointing us to it.


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I don't spend much time watching videos on the web. However, "A Brief History of Java and JDBC", which Jonathan Bruce pointed out a few days ago, is an interesting and entertaining way to spend four minutes...