Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Releases: Java SE 8 Update 11 and Java SE 7 Update 65

Oracle has released Java SE 8 Update 11 and Java SE 7 Update 65. Developers can download the latest Java SE JDK and JRE the Oracle Technology Network.

Java SE 8 Update 11

This update release includes the following new features:

  • IANA (Timezone) Data 2014c
  • Java Dependency Analysis Tool (jdeps) 
  • New Java Control Panel option to disable sponsors
  • New JAR file attribute - Entry-Point
  • New JAXP processing limit property - maxElementDepth 

and Bug Fixes. Read the full Release Notes. Download Java SE 8 Update 11.

Java SE 7 Update 65

This update release includes the following new features:

  • IANA (Timezone) Data 2014c
  • New Java Control Panel option to disable sponsors
  • New JAXP processing limit property - maxElementDepth 

and Bug Fixes. Read the full Release Notes. Download Java SE 7 Update 65.

JRE Expiration Date

It is important to note that the JRE expires whenever a new release with security vulnerability fixes becomes available. Critical patch updates, which contain security vulnerability fixes, are announced one year in advance on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin. This JRE (version 8u11) will expire with the release of the next critical patch update scheduled for October 14, 2014. For more information, see JRE Expiration Date.

Next Java SE Critical Path Updates dates that stated in Security Alerts page are:

  • 14 October 2014          
  • 20 January 2015
  • 14 April 2015

Java Magazine: The Java Virtual Machine

by Caroline Kvitka, Java Magazine Editor in Chief

The July/August issue of Java Magazine explores the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and includes a JavaOne preview. While often overshadowed by the Java language, the Java Virtual Machine is the cornerstone of the Java platform. It gives Java its hardware and operating system independence, small compiled code size, and protection from malicious programs. We’ve dedicated almost an entire issue to the JVM, so if you haven’t paid much attention to it lately, buckle up and get ready for the ride.

One of the most notable things about the JVM is that it can run hundreds of programming languages besides the Java language—providing developers with flexibility and freedom of choice. In our cover story, “Alternative Languages for the JVM,” Raoul-Gabriel Urma takes a look at eight JVM languages and some of the benefits of using them. In “Performing 10 Routine Operations Using Different JVM Languages,” Venkat Subramaniam further explores the benefits of alternative languages—while also showing how Java SE 8 handles certain tasks. Developing JavaFX applications? Check out Josh Juneau’s article, “JavaFX with Alternative Languages,” to discover how alternative languages and custom APIs can speed development. 

We also focus on things you can do to make the JVM work better for you. Julien Ponge shares advice on avoiding benchmarking pitfalls on the JVM, and Cas Saternos gets us up to speed on server-side deployment on the JVM. In addition, Marcus Hirt introduces us to a profiling and diagnostics tool for Java applications running on the JVM and Ben Evans gives us a primer on just-in-time compilation.

Want more? Make sure to register for JavaOne, September 28–October 2 in San Francisco, California, which features a dedicated JVM Languages track (and check out our JavaOne conference preview [with speaker previews and coffeeshop recommendations]).

Java Magazine is a FREE, bi-monthly, online publication. It includes technical articles on the Java language and platform; Java innovations and innovators; JUG and JCP news; Java events; links to online Java communities; and videos and multimedia demos. Subscriptions are free, registration required.

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