Slow time in the compiler area

You may have noticed that I stopped posting my bi-weekly summary of compiler fixes. I plan to pick it up again when JDK 7 development takes off.

Right now is kind of a slow period and that is nice. Later today, JSR 199 should move to the final approval ballot (FAB). This is the last stage it needs to go through before the final release which is delivered in JDK 6. All JSRs including the umbrella JSR for the release must go through this process before we can ship the release.

The only changes that we will make to JDK 6 at this time is to fix show stopper issues. This means that most of my team is looking at either improving documentation, writing sample code, making it easier to build the compiler, or JDK 7.

Personally, I'm procrastinating on writing compiler documentation by fixing bugs to go into JDK 6 update 1 and JDK 7. So far I have lined up a little over twenty fixes. I'll give a summary when I know more about how you can get them. It is most likely JDK 7 b02 but we do not have weekly builds since we are focusing our release engineering and quality resources on JDK 6. So I don't know when.

Besides pruning my bug list, I'm also helping with figuring out which language features Sun would like to see in JDK 7. Clearly, we're looking at code abstraction but there is a lot ofother ideas floating around. Another thing we are investigating is if it is possible make generic types a little more convenient. For example, code like this is pretty annoying:

Map<Comparable<? extends Number>, List<Number>> x =
    new HashMap<Comparable<? extends Number>, List<Number>>();

James Gosling has returned to the Java programming language and I really like his approach. I think the only problem we have is that we have too many good ideas and just one tiny release to put them into.

I also decided to update the about page on this blog after reading Jakob Nielsen's top ten on blog usability.
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