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Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Post icon  Posted 20 September 2010 - 12:43 PM

Last week it was announced that Java 7 would be delayed (big shocker). There were two choices:

a. Continue with the current release and push release date to mid 2012
b. Release in 2011 with reduced feature set (many features pushed to Java 8)

Today plan "b" was chosen. The JDK 7 Features page has been updated to reflect these changes.

I'm glad to see Project Coin is going to be included. Notable features from that JSR are ARM (auto-resource mgmt), Strings in switch, improved generic type inference (aka "diamond"), and improved exception handling. ARM will be very nice to have. Diamond will be nice as well, although Google Collections currently has pretty good type inference shortcuts. I'm also very glad to see that Fork/Join and NIO.2 are in as well. Disappointing but not surprising Labda and Jigsaw are out until JDK 8. Overall I think there are enough new and useful features that many will upgrade from JDK 6. I was thinking that the lack of closures might make me wait for JDK 8, but they left enough in this release to make it worth the download. That said, I have the feeling that this, along with other recent Oracle/Java news, will cause a spike in the adoption of popular alternative JDK languages like Groovy and Scala.

Edit: Also, here's my obligatory that Clojure is also a JVM language, so that I'm not accosted by Raynes. :)

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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 20 September 2010 - 07:35 PM

I'm really upset about the lambdas and closures being pushed to JDK 8. Honestly, I'm not sure which would have been the better option. Better for them to get it right then get it out and have it buggier than expected for new release software.
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 20 September 2010 - 07:55 PM

Well, at least they're going to release it. It's already been delayed how many times?
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 22 September 2010 - 03:46 AM

I'll believe they're going to release it when it happens. I've been disappointed too many times now to really believe them. The change in scope in order to make the release is encouraging, though.
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 26 September 2010 - 05:18 AM

http://www.infoq.com.../2010/09/plan-b

So much for the lambdas.
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 26 September 2010 - 06:14 AM

* hangs his head in disappointment *
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 26 September 2010 - 01:12 PM

Anyone feel that the comment section was much more interesting then the article?
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 26 September 2010 - 02:30 PM

http://www.dreaminco...elayedmodified/
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 26 September 2010 - 02:35 PM

Moved and merged. :)
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Re: Java 7 Delayed/Modified

Posted 26 September 2010 - 04:18 PM

You can't Move AND Merge a topic as now the link in the Corner Cubicle is broken. Just merge them ;)
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