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Tuesday Sep 13, 2016
By Darcy-Oracle on Sep 13, 2016
As an addendum to the parting message on
coin-dev, one of the most popular candidate coin features not included in JDK 7 was some sort of literal syntax for collections, sets, lists, and/or maps.  
Fortunately, this functionality is approximated in JDK 9 via Stuart Marks' JEP 269: Convenience Factory Methods for Collections which added factory methods named "
of" that return immutable collections to the List, Set, and Map interfaces. I've enjoyed using this feature in my JDK 9 programming and suggest you give it a try too.
With that, I declare Project Coin well and fully minted! Happy coding.
PS I has heartened to see the improvements to numeric literals included by Project Coin in JDK 7 seem to have partially inspired the features set of an upcoming version of another widely-used language.
- JSR 269 Maintenance Review for Java SE 9
- JavaOne 2016: Slides and video for "JDK 9 Language, Tooling, and Library Features"
- Project Coin: fully minted
- Advice on removing javac lint warnings
- More concise try-with-resources statements in JDK 9
- JSR 269 Maintenance Review for Java SE 8
- javax.lang.model backed by core reflection
- Changing Sources and Moving Targets: Evolving the javac command line
- Functional Interfaces
- JDK bug migration: components and subcomponents