The Expression Language (EL) 3.0 release is full of features that help enrich the language by making the language more powerful and by increasing productivity for developers. EL has always been a sweet spot for JSP and JSF developers, allowing the use of a very productive scripting language that provides the ability to interact directly with server-side Java within web views. This release enhances the language by adding features such as collection support and lambda expressions, which helps bring EL in line with more modern scripting languages. The release also adds support for working within a stand-alone environment. It is now possible to evaluate expressions, set variables, work with static fields and methods, and define functions.