code names : Java Glossary

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code names
Software before it is released often has a temporary internal name. It is given a more dignified, often purely numeric name on release. The idea is to make the product sound unusually exciting and innovative. The message is, don’t buy our competitor’s actual product, something really astounding is coming down the pipe from us. Since the code names are never officially released, there is no problem with trademarks and copyrights.

For example Java 1.5.0 is Tiger and Java 1.4.0 was Merlin.

JDK
JDK Differences
list of the code names and their release dates

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