Tuesday Sep 20, 2016

JavaOne 2016: Slides and video for "JDK 9 Language, Tooling, and Library Features"

The slides and video for my JavaOne 2016 talk about JDK 9 Language, Tooling, and Library Features have now been posted. There are many features in the release in addition to modules!

Tuesday Sep 13, 2016

Project Coin: fully minted

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. [1] [2]

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.

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