20 Years of Java — 20% OFF IntelliJ IDEA

As hard to believe as it is, the story you and we are a part of began 20 years ago, when Sun Microsystems announced Java on May 23, 1995. Today we look back on the journey we’ve made together, and it sure was an interesting and eventful one. Hurray to the Java community, to all who helped this history happen and become real!

As Java turns 20, we invite you to celebrate the anniversary with us. To make it more fun, we’ve come up with a series of humorous cartoons illustrating the Java timeline up to this day. DISCLAIMER: All graphical characters appearing in the illustrations are fictitious, and any resemblance to real persons is coincidental.

After reading the story, make sure to scroll down and look for a small gift we’ve prepared for you! Enjoy!

And that is not all. What’s a birthday without a gift? On this memorable occasion we’re giving every Java developer a small present: 20% OFF when you purchase a new personal license for IntelliJ IDEA. Hurry and get your license before May 31st! (If you already have one, share this discount with a friend who doesn’t!)


Let’s make Java happy, by using the best Java IDE!

Develop with Pleasure! 

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29 Responses to 20 Years of Java — 20% OFF IntelliJ IDEA

  1. Great illustration. I am really curious to see what the future of Java will be in the next 20 years!

  2. Vasanth says:

    glad you are extending the offer for new license, it will be great if you extend this for license upgrade as well !

    • Julian says:

      Great suggestion :)

      • A confused dev says:

        Why doesn’t the license start from V14?. I’ve always wanted to buy intellij rather than using the community version but it seems are you reducing the upgrade program (and therefore increase cost) to end users?.

        We can buy it but CANT upgrade to 15 when its out?.

        • Andrey Cheptsov says:

          Right now you buy a one-year upgrade subscription. Within this year you get all the updates, including major ones (e.g. 14 or 15). Then you have to renew your subscription, every year. The renew price is twice cheaper than purchasing a new license. However if you don’t renew you subscription for some time, then you whether renew it since the date it ended or renew it from that day but pay an additional fee. This is how it works right now, but we’re considering adjustments to the current model to make it more transparent and simple.

  3. Martins says:

    Amazing post, thanks!

  4. Giancarlo says:

    If we want to be picky, Java will turn 20 on January 1996. That’s when the first stable JDK 1.0 version was released. The publicly available Alpha and Beta versions of 1995 were unstable and not recommended for production use and (although the name change from Oak to Java occurred in 1994) was still known as Oak. Some more details:
    In 1991 Gosling named the new OS he had in mind “Green” and the according programming language (today known as Java) “Oak”. In fall 1992 Gosling and his team demonstrated the Green OS and Java on their new PDA device Star7. In 1994 Oak was renamed to Java due to a trademark conflict.

  5. Ron Grimes says:

    I can’t believe your timeline fails to mention Java was originally named “Oak”.

  6. Steffen says:

    So no “gift” for your loyal long term upgraders? Hmmmm…. You know we will upgrade anyway, don’t you? 😉

  7. Crocmagnon says:

    Nice post but the picture is not available anymore. Dropbox says :
    “Error (429)
    This account’s public links are generating too much traffic and have been temporarily disabled!”

  8. Sean says:

    Getting a Dropbox Error 429 on the image now…

  9. Percy says:

    I can’t see the Java timeline image.


    404 — File not found.

  10. Scott says:

    Is that a bunny or a ‘K’ in the hat? 😉

  11. Andrew Binstock says:

    I think it’s really important to remember IBM’s San Francisco project in the late 1990s. If it weren’t for that, businesses might never have embraced Java. It was the turning point for acceptance of Java in the enterprise.

  12. Jason says:

    Oh man, I just bought a personal license last week. It’s too bad I wasn’t aware of this

  13. Pete says:

    Yes I do hope you’re going to reward existing users and discount upgrade subscriptions

  14. Discount on upgrades please :)

  15. Joel Davis says:

    2015 Google Chrome drop support for Java….

  16. M Noivad says:

    You forgot about Android copying Java implementation with MS’s playbook: Embrace-Extend-Exterminate. This destroyed Sun when it lost the case against Google which is why it went under and was forced to sell to Oracle because their Java business model was subverted.

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