At QCon 2008, Neal Gafter discusses how to evolve a widely deployed language without causing disruption using planned changes for JDK7 (superpackages, closures, annotations on types, type inference, exception handling, and self types) as an example. He examines how the changes are conditioned by preexisting language design choices, and discusses their influence on API design.
Neal Gafter is a software engineer and Java evangelist at Google. Previously, at Sun Microsystems, he designed and implemented the Java language features in releases 1.4 through 5.0. and led the development of C and C++ compilers at Sun Microsystems, Microtec Research, and Texas Instruments. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Rochester.
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The best thing for "Java" would be to port C# to the JVM.
Re: Bottom line
generics still seem arbitrary to me - a system that meets someones stringent criteria, but not the majorities expectation.
"Info: Tracking change and innovation in the enterprise software development community"... one year after it happens.