JDK 7 nearing the endgame

Just a reminder that JDK 7 is nearing the endgame and now is the right time to grab the latest JDK 7 build and give it a test drive. Once it goes beyond the end of March then the release will start to get locked down and it will get harder to get fixes or changes in (don't leave it too late). The important thing is to make sure that your existing code works well and do try out the new features if you can. If you find a bug then we would really appreciate it if you could submit a bug report as there's no guarantee that others will find and report it.

As a reminder, the page listing the new features in JDK 7 is here but there is lots of other good things too. Bug fixes for example, thousands of them including fixes to many old issues. The worry with fixing lots of bugs is that you break something so the more developers trying out the builds the better. In addition to the features listed on the web page there are lots of other smaller improvements. In the core area for example then ProcessBuilder can now redirect the output/error streams to files and other destinations. ZIP64 support is finally there for applications needing to work with zip files larger than 4GB. The zip API has also been updated for applications needing to work with zip files where names of entries are encoded with charsets other than UTF-8. The HTTP protocol handler finally supports a means to stream HTTP requests to avoid buffering the entire request when the size is known in advance. Many more and performance improvements in many areas too. Overall I think it will be good release!

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