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Looking Past Lambda

by Alex Blewitt on  Aug 19, 2011 6

A view to the future after project Lambda has been shared on the Lambda-Dev mailing list, hinting at a more functional Java in future with the possibility of functional types post Java 8.

JCP.next Public Review

by Alex Blewitt on  Aug 18, 2011

Oracle have announced a public review for JCP.next, which aims to increase transparency by forcing discussions to happen in the open and use publicly viewable issue trackers. However, it does not address the key issues with the JSPA which led to complaints about the JCP earlier this year.

Java7 Hotspot Loop Bug Details

by Alex Blewitt on  Aug 01, 2011 3

Last week, Oracle released Java7 to great acclaim. However, an issue identified by the Apache Lucene project pointed to a specific hotspot optimisation bug which kicks in when a loop is executed more than 10,000 times. How serious is this issue, and does it warrant the kind of negative press that has been played out over the last few days?

JavaSE 7 JSR Approved Despite Division

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 08, 2011 3

Oracle has announced that the JavaSE 7 governing JSR (336) has passed the public review ballot. Google voted against the vote, Werner Keil abstained, and no vote was received from Credit Suisse. Many others adding their concerns regarding the ongoing licensing dispute between Sun/Oracle and Apache.

Requirements of a Standard Java Module System

by Alex Blewitt on  May 26, 2011 2

Yesterday, Mark Reinhold posted the first public draft of the future of modularity in Java. As it is a draft, there are a handful of issues that still need to be agreed on - but it represents the consensus of what modularity in Java should look like. And with IBM being involved, there's more emphasis on interoperability with OSGi than there has been in the past.

Oracle Proposes Improvements to JCP

by Alex Blewitt on  May 18, 2011 3

Yesterday, Oracle announced the start of JSR.next, also known as JSR 348, to upgrade the current JCP to force more openness and transparency. Read on to find out more.

Creating a new JVM language

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 18, 2011 3

Creating a new JVM based language has recently hit the for with the news of the proposed Ceylon project. In fact, the JVM already has a diverse set of languages, both statically typed and dynamically typed. What does it take for a new language to hit the mark?

IBM Releases New 64-bit Java SDK for z/OS

by Charles Humble on  Mar 23, 2011

IBM has released two new Java 6 SDKs based on its J9 VM, to take advantage of enhancements to z/OS Java security and the new z196 instructions.

Oracle's Java EE 7 Plans Include Adding Cloud and HTML5 Support to the Platform

by Charles Humble on  Mar 15, 2011 2

Oracle filed the umbrella JSR for Java EE 7 last week, and the specification has now passed the initial review ballot stage. The overarching themes are emerging web technologies, cloud computing, and continued ease of use improvements including an overhaul to the JMS API. Elsewhere, JPA is scheduled to receive attention, and Oracle is talking about plans to revive the long dormant JCACHE JSR.

Oracle Nominates SouJava to Replace Apache on the JCP EC

by Charles Humble on  Jan 31, 2011

Oracle has announced plans to nominate one of the world's largest Java user groups, SouJava, to the JCP Executive Committee

The State of JRuby: 1.6 RC1, JSR 292 and NIO2 in Java 7, 1.9.2 Support

by Werner Schuster on  Jan 16, 2011

The first RC for JRuby 1.6 is out and brings improved Ruby 1.9.2 compatibility, experimental C extensions support, improved Windows support, Ruby Gems Maven support, performance and profiling improvements and more. InfoQ talked to JRuby's Charles Nutter about JRuby 1.6, the impact of Java 7 on JRuby, new language features in Ruby and much more.

InvokeDynamic Updates in OpenJDK

by Charles Humble on  Jan 12, 2011

The OpenJDK builds recently started to include an updated version of the JSR 292 API, which, whilst not yet final, gives a good indication as to how the JSR is shaping up.

Apache Software Foundation Resigns from JCP

by Alex Blewitt on  Dec 10, 2010 44

The Apache Software Foundation announced their resignation from both the JCP Executive Committee as well as the JCP as a whole. They follow recent departures such as Doug Lea in October, who said “I believe that the JCP is no longer a credible specification and standards body”, as well as more recently Tim Peierls, who voted against the Java SE JSRs.

JSRs for Java 7 and Java 8 Approved

by Alex Blewitt on  Dec 07, 2010 6

The results of the recent Java JSRs are in, and all have passed with all but Apache voting consistently against them. Google and Tim Peierls voted against the Java SE 7 and Java SE 8 JSRs, supporting the ongoing licensing issues and field-of-use restrictions for the TCK.

Oracle Announces JSRs for Java 7 and Java 8

by Alex Blewitt on  Nov 17, 2010 8

Oracle has announced the umbrella JSRs for Java 7/8, covering a number of the features known from the earlier Plan B. This includes Project Coin for Java 7 and Project Lambda for Java 8, as well as specific reference to OSGi for the Java 8 modularity JSR. But it also includes fields of use restrictions for the JSR TCK. Read on to find out what's included.

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