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Enterprise Java have been named differently over the years, from Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) Technical Documentation it has been named:

  • Java EE 6 Documentation
  • Java EE 5 Documentation
  • J2EE 1.4 Documentation
  • J2EE 1.3 Documentation
  • J2EE 1.2.1 Documentation

Yes, it looks like J2EE has changed name to Java EE. On stackoverflow, two different tags are used j2ee and java-ee, both has been used around 2000 times. I suggest that one should be a tag-synonym to the other. In fact java-ee is already added as a synonym to j2ee - but it has only one vote. I think more people vote on it if it gets more attention.

But since the name has changed from J2EE to Java EE it would be better to use the tag java-ee and add j2ee as a sysnonym to it. But the problem here is that only moderators can add the j2ee-tag as sysnonym since "Version specific synonyms can only be created by moderators".

In summary, I suggest that:

  • java-ee and j2ee should be tag synonyms
  • The name java-ee should be used instead of j2ee
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There is a similar issue with j2se, which should be a synonym of java-se. – McDowell May 12 '11 at 10:13
I have downvoted the java-ee synonym on j2ee. I don't want that all java-ee tags becomes j2ee. It should not happen or at least be the other way round. – BalusC May 15 '11 at 13:03
@Chichiray: That is what I wrote here: the tag should be named java-ee and not j2ee. – Jonas May 15 '11 at 13:20
@mcdowell see my answer – Jeff Atwood May 15 '11 at 21:29
@Chichiray: do you have any input to @Jeff:s answer? – Jonas May 15 '11 at 21:57
I personally don't agree with the synonym/retag at all. "j2ee" is basically a version tag which applies J2EE 1.2-1.4 only. There are also "java-ee-5" and "java-ee-6" tags. If we continue this way, we should also merge/synonymize them to "java-ee". And then do the same for "ejb", "jsf", "struts", "jpa", "c#", ".net", "", "internet-explorer" and all thousand other tags which have version-tags... – BalusC May 16 '11 at 1:09
@Chichiray: Ok, I see j2ee and java-ee as tags for "Java Platform, Enterprise Edition" as decribed above. If it should be a tag for each version then it should have been j2ee-1.4, j2ee-1.3 added to the tags java-ee-5 and java-ee-6, in my point of view. – Jonas May 16 '11 at 6:08
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The synonym was reversed and approved.

Do you want all the old questions renamed to ?

As for the synonym already remaps to , is this correct?

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Great that j2ee now is synonym to java-ee! Yes, I think it would be good if the old j2ee is renamed to java-ee so they are grouped together. Yes, it's correct that java-se maps to java and it would be good if j2se also is a synonym to java (and renamed). – Jonas May 15 '11 at 21:56
Whether j2se/java-se/javase should be synonymous with the java tag is a grey area; java-se is more specific and other platforms (ME/EE/Android/etc.) are intersecting sets of functionality. A lot of stuff tagged java is not java-se. – McDowell May 15 '11 at 22:03
@mcdowell I don't know Java well enough to make decisions on such subtleties; perhaps open another meta Q about this? – Jeff Atwood May 15 '11 at 22:06
If it factors into your thinking about renaming tags, I expect that some people will be referring to Java EE as J2EE at least until the heat death of the universe and will tag/search accordingly. – McDowell May 15 '11 at 22:35

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