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Evolving the Java Language

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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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Apr 24, 2009

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  • Bottom line

    by Dan Tines /

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    This was obviously made before the Oracle takeover.

    The best thing for "Java" would be to port C# to the JVM.

  • Re: Bottom line

    by Leonardo Vargas /

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    C# for Java already exists. For more information see dev.mainsoft.com/Default.aspx?tabid=177

  • Outdated Bio

    by Oli c /

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    Doesn't Neal Gafter work for Microsoft now?

  • Re: Bottom line

    by Christian Gravata /

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    C# == Java port to the MS JVM (CLR)

  • ok...

    by Ivan L /

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    so why is type inference (the hashmap => map assignment) a potential feature, but the put/get example not.
    generics still seem arbitrary to me - a system that meets someones stringent criteria, but not the majorities expectation.

  • Stale content

    by Neil Bartlett /

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    This video was recorded in March 2008. Given how quickly things change, it would be nice to see some fresh content.

    "Info: Tracking change and innovation in the enterprise software development community"... one year after it happens.

  • Re: Bottom line

    by Dan Tines /

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    No, C# evolved. Java didn't

  • Not very informative

    by Christopher Churchill /

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    Neal gafter sucks. Josh bloch does a far better job at these kind of improvements to the JDK platform. Dunno what he is upto.

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