A feature proposal to extend type inference to local variables in Java has been posted to the JEP discussion list, asking for feedback regarding the feature. InfoQ looks at the proposal and what it might mean for the Java platform.
Alan Bateman has sent a mail to the JDK-9 development list, indicating that a snapshot of Jigsaw will be integrated later this month. InfoQ looks in deeper to see what this will mean.
The company formerly known as Typesafe, inventors of the Scala programming language, has completed their renaming and is now known as Lightbend. Typesafe announced their plans to rename last May, stating at that time that it was expected to be a two month process. They invited community members to participate, and provided blog updates about their progress.
Google has made available an early preview of Android N targeted specifically at developers. Android N Preview comes 10 weeks earlier compared with its predecessor, Android M Preview. Google’s desire is to get earlier feedback from developers to have enough time to incorporate the changes into it.
Today, the Eclipse Foundation announced the first release of the Eclipse Che next-generation web-based IDE. Read on to find out what it contains.
The JUnit Lambda Team has recently announced the alpha release of JUnit 5, a new major version for the popular unit testing framework. Changes in the new version are mostly focused at removing the common obstacles that JUnit 4 presented to developers, while also modifying the framework to allow for easier changes in the future. Integration with build tools and IDEs still needs some further work.
The Apache Wicket PMC has released Apache Wicket 7.2.0. This release is a minor release, but does contain new features. To learn more about this release and the state of Apache Wicket, InfoQ interviewed Apache Wicket PMC member Martijn Dashorst.
Censum, the Java garbage collection analysis tool by jClarity, has reached version 3.0. The main new features of the new version include the ability to analyse Safepoint logs, new graphs showcasing the behaviour of the G1 garbage collector, and a set of analytics to highlight whenever applications force to much OS activity.
As Java 9 approaches general availability, many of the defining JEPs are starting to take final shape. JEP 260 (Encapsulate Most Internal APIs) proposes to expose the functionality of the controversial sun.misc.Unsafe class via variable handles, and a new posting to the JDK Bug tracker proposes further optimizations and cleanups for Unsafe.
After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.
JetBrains has announced the first stable release of Kotlin, their new JVM-based language compatible with Android. As the maker indicates, the language is meant to be a "good tool", driving design decisions towards pragmatism and interoperability. The language promises to address many of the issues that can only be fixed in Java through libraries and external tools.
After three months in beta, the Kotlin team has announced the release of Kotlin 1.0, which aims to stabilize both API and ABI of the language. InfoQ has spoken with Andrey Breslav, lead Kotlin designer at JetBrains.
At the end of 2015 Steve Millidge from C2B2 and a co-founder of Payara predicted that 2016 would be the year of Java EE microservices. Many efforts would tend to agree, including WildFly, TomEE and the KumuluzEE framework. However, other developers believe that there are fundamental problems with Java EE which make it a poor choice for microservices.
After announcing the first stable release of JRebel for Android, InfoQ reached out to Jevgeni Kabanov, founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround, and Sten Suitsev, Product Manager of JRebel for Android, to find out more about what lead to the creation of this product and what might be coming next in their pipeline.
J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.