Oracle Java SE Subscription Review
May 28, 2020

Oracle Java SE Subscription Review

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Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Oracle Java SE Subscription

I've used the Oracle Java SE Subscription across multiple different teams at my company over the last several years, primarily through the Eclipse IDE and the Apache Tomcat server for API development. My company used to be behind on keeping up to date with the different versions of Java and we were still on Java 6 as recently as 2 years ago. Since then, we've kept up to date on the newer versions of the JDK and have been enjoying a lot of the niceties of the newer versions. The biggest issue with the Oracle version is just having to own a developer account to download anything, but that's relatively minor overall. It's nice to have a consistent library of any version of the JDK whenever we need it. I believe that the real advantage to the Oracle Java SE Subscription is that it is regularly kept up to date and it is easy to get notifications of the patch notes between versions and be alerted to any major security issues in older versions. This helps build a business case for why upgrades are worth maintaining in our development system.
  • Detailed patch notes between versions
  • Up to date security information
  • Library of all accessible JDK versions
  • Need to create a developer account through Oracle vs. using a standard IdP
  • Clearer path to contributing to the JDK
  • Easier business cases to upgrade versions
  • More explicit security impacts
  • Easier onboarding of new engineers by easy access to specific library versions
My team recently moved from RHEL deployments to Oracle Linux. The transition of that was smooth due to a lot of good, detailed documentation which I believe the Java SE subscription also mimics. Overall, you can expect strong documentation and good updated notes across the board from their solutions, based on my experience.

Do you think Oracle Java SE Subscription delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Oracle Java SE Subscription's feature set?

Yes

Did Oracle Java SE Subscription live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Oracle Java SE Subscription go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Oracle Java SE Subscription again?

Yes

The Oracle Java SE Subscription has been widely used across my company for a while and we really like the availability and documentation around previous versions of the system. Some of the teams at my company have moved to OpenJDK instead because of the clearer path to contribute to the open-source project, though that is less important in my eyes.