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  • Getting to Know Graal, the New Java JIT Compiler

    Oracle has released Graal, which is both a new JIT compiler for Java and a major component in their next-generation polyglot virtual machine, GraalVM. The effort aims to improve startup time and reduce footprint of Java applications as well as unlock fully polyglot, multi-language technologies within a single VM. The initial release includes JVM and JS with LLVM, Ruby and R in beta.

  • Under The Hood with the JVM's Automatic Resource Management

    The deprecation of Object::finalize is an unusual step for the Java ecosystem. We dive deep into the Hotspot JVM to see how it works. We also compare it to RAII and the Java 7, try-with-resources syntax. The article contrasts these very different approaches to automatic resource management, and explains why TWR should be used in place of finalization by application programmers.

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