Java SE 6 Pops its Cork !



You can all uncross your fingers and toes, because Java SE 6 has passed through its last stage before full release by passing its final approval ballot in the JCP Executive Committee. Java SE 6 has cleared the runway and is ready to land !

As a member of the EC I have been watching the voting over the last couple of weeks since the ballot started (practicing how not to react). My fingernails now start above the wrist. Here are all the JSRs that were on the ballot:-

- JSR 199, the Java Compiler API, which Peter led.
- JSR 202, the update to Class the file specification, led by Gilad.
- Lance led, JSR 221, JDBC 4.0.
- The Scripting for the Java Platform JSR 223, that Mike led.
- JSR 269, Joe's Pluggable Annotation APIs.
- JSR 268, the SmartCard I/O, which Andreas led, and which is not officially part of the platform, but is available in our JDK.

- and finally, the umbrella JSR that brings them all together, the platform JSR 270 which Mark led.


This, as you well know, is not a full listing of all the JSRs that are newly included in Java SE 6, because some of them had already completed. I hope everyone who participated either in the expert groups, implementation, compatibility tests or reviewing APIs along the way, feels really, really good about their contribution today.

There are just a few more checks to make before we do the full release in the next few weeks.

I know its not the only election going on today, but... W O O   H O O  !!


Comments:

FAN-tastic! You made my day. Jonathan

Posted by Jonathan Schwartz on November 07, 2006 at 02:21 AM PST #

GREAT!!! Well... So you're able to tell us a formal release date, now! :-)

Posted by Renato Perini on November 07, 2006 at 05:46 AM PST #

Yes, December 7th, I believe.

Posted by Danny Coward on November 07, 2006 at 09:09 AM PST #

Congrats!

Posted by Dalibor Topic on November 07, 2006 at 01:07 PM PST #

Why are all JSR's led by Sun-employees?

Posted by Momo on November 07, 2006 at 03:37 PM PST #

Hi,

Since you seem to have used one of my dad's pics from my Gallery (as intended!), may I be allowed to plug it ( http://gallery.hd.org/ ) here? B\^>

And well done indeed on the progress. I am itching to upgrade production servers to 6.

Rgds

Damon

Posted by Damon Hart-Davis on November 07, 2006 at 08:29 PM PST #

Hi, A real question here: \*other than the licence and irritation in the longer-winded downloads\* how much is going to change between the latest JDK6 binary snapshot on java.net and an official engineered release on Dec 7th? I have a couple of servers struggling under 1.5.0_0X and I'd like to move them ASAP... Rgds Damon

Posted by Damon Hart-Davis on November 08, 2006 at 11:45 PM PST #

December 7th has come and gone (at least on the East Coast). Do you have a new expected release date?

Posted by Matt Raible on December 07, 2006 at 02:20 PM PST #

So looking forward to the release...but where is it?

Posted by Madeleine Wright on December 08, 2006 at 10:38 PM PST #

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