Research into Java Development standards


Yesterday I started research into the current state of affairs with regard to coding standards for J2EE development. We are looking for an up to date set of low level (detailed) standards for at least the following categories/technologies:

  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • JSP & JSTL
  • Struts
  • Core Java Programming
  • Oracle Business Components for Java (BC4J)
  • Oracle Toplink
  • JHeadstart
  • JDeveloper
  • Ant, JUnit

The first queries on Internet were not unsuccessful! Some of the more interesting search results are listed below

The following document seems to include guidelines on almost all technologies in the Java arena that are of interest to us: Technical Paper: Java – J2EE, Conventions and Guidelines Release 1.0.2 Stephan Janssen The JCS Team (2004)

Java Coding Standards


  • The Elements of Java Style – Allan Vermeulen, Scott Ambler et. al. – Cambridge University Press – 2000 – ISBN 0 521 777682
  • J2EE Design and Development, Chapter 4- Rod Johnson – Wrox – 2003 – ISBN 0 7645 4385 7

Internet resources

JavaScript Coding Standards

JSP Coding Standards


About Author

Lucas Jellema, active in IT (and with Oracle) since 1994. Oracle ACE Director for Fusion Middleware. Consultant, trainer and instructor on diverse areas including Oracle Database (SQL & PLSQL), Service Oriented Architecture, BPM, ADF, Java in various shapes and forms and many other things. Author of the Oracle Press book: Oracle SOA Suite 11g Handbook. Frequent presenter on conferences such as JavaOne, Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Devoxx and OBUG. Presenter for Oracle University Celebrity specials.


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  7. Zeger Hendrikse on

    A general introduction on conding conventions that I wrote for my students can be found here. It has gone through many iterations, so is supposed to contain useful information by now ;-)