JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) 223 is a new JDK versioning scheme to make it easier to distinguish major, minor, and security releases. It's simpler, more intuitive, easier to parse, and aligns with current industry practices, in particular Semantic Versioning. For example, if JDK 1.7.0_65-b20 (7u65) used this new versioning scheme, the version string would be JDK 7.6.15+20 (7.6.15).
Eclipse Luna brings together 76 projects for the ninth annual release train, and ten years to the day of the Eclipse 3.0 release, the first Eclipse release to run on top of an OSGi framework. Over the past ten years, Eclipse has regularly released in June bringing together one of the largest open-source applications in the world. Read on to find out what's new and noteworthy for Eclipse Luna (4.4)
Today at EclipseCon, Oracle announced the launch of the Java 8 platform, bringing Lambdas and Streams to the language as well as fixing some long-standing issues with the JVM. Read on to find out more about the release.
Azul Systems has announced that Zulu, its freely-available version of OpenJDK, now supports both Java 6 and Java 7 on Linux and Windows-based deployments. It is supported via the Zulu Community Support forums. In addition the firm is introducing Zulu Enterprise, which is a commercially supported version of OpenJDK.
AppFuse 3.0 has been released. AppFuse uses the Maven Archetype plugin to generate a starter Java project, which allows you to quickly get started with a full-stack Java EE application. Version 3.0 is using Mojarra and PrimeFaces for its JSF framework and library, Mockito for its test mocking framework, Bootstrap 3 for its front-end framework, and added Apache Wicket as a Web Framework option.
Oracle have released videos and slides from the 2013 JVM Language Summit, which saw uses of the JVM from the biggest data to the smallest mobiles, and future performance advances in the JVM runtime. Read on to find out more about what was covered.
Following an announcement of their partnership in July this year, Azul Systems and Microsoft Open Technologies have now release a GA version of Zulu for Windows Azure. Licensed under the terms of the GPLv2 open source license with the ClassPath Exception, Zulu is an OpenJDK-based JVM for Windows Server on the Windows Azure Cloud.
Speaking at the Hot Chips Conference, HSA Foundation president Phil Rogers has provided more details on plans to bring GPU acceleration to Java in time for Java 9 in 2015.
Oracle has released the first developer preview of Java 8 for the full range of platforms (Windows, Max OS X, Linux, Solaris).
Oracle is removing the sun.misc.Compare interface and sun.misc.Sort class in Java 8. These are old, residual classes that are no longer used within the JDK. sun.misc.Compare is an interface that allows you to compare two Objects and return an int. sun.misc.Sort is a class that takes in a sun.misc.Compare and sorts an Object array using the quicksort algorithm.
JDK 8 has reached Milestone 7 in JDK 8 build b91. M7 is the Feature Complete milestone, where all features and unit tests have been implemented and integrated. Unfortunately, not all features were delivered on time. Three JEPs (JDK Enhancement Proposal) are still in progress, althought they are estimated to be completed for JDK build b93.
After nearly four years the popular Spring Framework is getting ready for an upgrade from version 3 to version 4.
Red Hat have announced that they are taking over support of OpenJDK 6, just days after Oracle posted what it says will be the final freely available update, number 43, to its commercial Java 6 development kit.
Oracle has announced plans to open source the iOS and Android implementations of its JavaFX UI platform "over the next couple of months", allowing developers to use the technology to write cross-platform applications for those platforms for the first time.
ThreeTen, the reference implementation of JSR 310 Date and Time API, is now included in JDK 8 build 75. The Java Time API for JDK 8 is under the package java.time, moving away from the javax.time package of earlier implementations. All the Java Time classes are immutable and thread-safe, based on the ISO 8601 calendar system, the de facto world calendar following the proleptic Gregorian rules.