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Java News Roundup: Micronaut 3.2, Quarkus 2.5, JDK 18, Spring HATEOAS 1.4, JKDMon 17.0.14

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It was a relatively quiet news week for the November 22nd, 2021 edition of the Java roundup featuring news from OpenJDK JEPs, JDK 18, Project Loom Build 18-loom+6-282, Spring HATEOAS 1.4, Micronaut 3.2, Quarkus 2.5.0, Apache Camel Quarkus 2.5.0 and JDKMon 17.0.14.


After its review had concluded, JEP 419, Foreign Function & Memory API (Second Incubator), was promoted from Proposed to Target to Targeted for JDK 18. This JEP evolves the first incubator, JEP 412, Foreign Function & Memory API (Incubator), delivered in JDK 17, to incorporate improvements based on Java community feedback. Changes in this second incubator include: support for more carriers in memory access var handles such as boolean and MemoryAddress interface; a more general dereference API for the MemoryAddress and MemorySegment interfaces; a simpler API to obtain downcall methods handles such that passing a MemoryType enumeration is no longer necessary; and a new API to copy Java arrays to and from memory segments.

Similarly, JEP 420, Pattern Matching for switch (Second Preview), has been promoted from Proposed to Target to Targeted for JDK 18. This JEP allows a target switch expression to be tested against a number of patterns, each with a specific action, allowing complex data-oriented queries to be expressed concisely and safely. This is the second preview following JEP 406, Pattern Matching for switch (Preview), that was delivered in JDK 17. Enhancements include: an improvement in dominance checking that forces a constant case label to appear before a guarded pattern of the same type; and an exhaustiveness checking of the switch block is now more precise with sealed hierarchies.

Brian Goetz, Java language architect at Oracle, spoke to InfoQ in September 2017 when pattern matching was still in its proof-of-concept phase. Pattern matching for the instanceof operator, JEP 394, was delivered in JDK 16.

JDK 18

Build 25 of the JDK 18 early-access builds was made available this past week, featuring updates from Build 24 that include fixes to various issues. More details may be found in the release notes.

The feature set for JDK 18 currently stands as follows:

Developers are encouraged to report bugs via the Java Bug Database.

Project Loom

Build 18-loom+6-282 of Project Loom early-access builds was made available to the Java community and is based on Build 24 of the JDK 18 early access builds.

Spring Framework

After a couple of busy weeks for the Spring team, the only activity this past week was the release of Spring HATEOAS 1.4 with new features such as: support for level 4 URI templates; support for non-composite request parameter rendering; improved support for the HAL-FORMS media type; additional HTML input types; and dependency upgrades to Spring Framework 5.3.13 and Jackson 2.13.9. More details may be found in the changelog.


The Micronaut Foundation has released Micronaut 3.2 featuring support for GraalVM 21.3.0, Gradle Plugin 3.0.0, Kotlin 1.6.0, a host of HTTP features, and upgrades to some of their modules such as Micronaut Data, Micronaut Security, Micronaut Kubernetes, and Micronaut Elasticsearch. Further details may be found in the documentation.


Red Hat has released Quarkus 2.5.0.Final featuring: a dependency upgrade to Mandrel 21.3, a downstream distribution of GraalVM community edition; support for JPA entity listeners for Hibernate ORM in native mode; the ability to add HTTP headers to server responses using the quarkus.http.header property; and usability improvements in Quarkus extensions and the dev mode and testing infrastructure.

Apache Camel

Maintaining alignment with Quarkus, version 2.5.0 of Camel Quarkus was released featuring Quarkus 2.5.0.Final, Apache Camel 3.13.0, improved test coverage and documentation. More details may be found in the list of issues.


The latest version of JDKMon, a new tool that monitors and updates installed JDKs, has been made available to the Java community. Created by Gerrit Grunwald, principal engineer at Azul, version 17.0.14 ships with new features such as: automatically adding JDK distributions hosted by SDKMAN! and any corresponding Java folder to search paths, if available; and display a link to release details, if available, for any updates found.

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