Oracle execs hail community involvement in success and adoption of Java 8, announce better security features, but small number of new features.
Oracle Chief Java Architect Mark Reinhold reveals the plans and scheduling for Project Jigsaw, the Java modularity initiative, now scheduled for release with Java 9.
Almost three years after the release of Java 7, Oracle last week released Java 8, touted as the most revolutionary Java release ever. This week Oracle presented a one-hour public webinar looking into features, background, and community reaction. InfoQ captured some important highlights of the webinar.
Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence continues to hone their chops. Launching the fifth update to their self-titled platform geared for the enterprise. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides some insights for InfoQ readers…
In a mail to the jigsaw-dev list, Mark Reinhold posted news of a reboot of the Jigsaw project to provide modularity for the JDK. Read on to find out more about what's happening, and what to look out for.
Oracle has reversed their decision to remove the method sun.reflect.Reflection.getCallerClass(int) in Java 7u40. The method is planned to remain at least through Java 7.
At EclipseCon 2013, L33t Labs revealed a port of SWT running on OpenGL, and used it to demonstrate an Eclipse instance with graphical effects animated by the OpenGL hardware. They have recently released a video of the effects shown, but it raises an important question on the UX of future IDEs.
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.
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.
The investigating agency Kaspersky Labs uncovered in mid January that the Red October attackers used the Rhino exploit in Java as an additional delivery vector.
Oracle has published a major security update for Java. The update was originally scheduled for February 19th, but was released a fortnight early on Friday because of "active exploitation 'in the wild' of one of the vulnerabilities affecting the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in desktop browsers".
The last publicly available release of Java 6 is to be released on February 19th 2013. After that date all new security updates, patches, and fixes for both the runtime and SDK of Java SE 6 will only be available through My Oracle Support, and will therefore only be available to users with a commercial license with Oracle.
Following a spate of high-profile security issues, Oracle's head of Java Security, Milton Smith, is promising that the vendor will fix issues with the platform, and improve its communication to community members.
VMware's SpringSource team have recently announced plans for Spring 4.0, the next update to the framework, with new features including support for Java SE 8, Groovy 2, parts of Java EE 7, and WebSockets. InfoQ spoke to Spring framework co-founder Juergen Hoeller to find out more about the plans.
On top of repeated security breaches to the Java browser plug-in, the long-established practice of including unrelated browser add-ons with the Java runtime installer is giving end-users another reason to avoid the Java platform.