News (2010-10-15)

JDK 7 build 114 is available. Build 114 completes the JLayer component, adds a ConcurrentLinkedDeque, adds a NIO.2 filesystem provider for zip/jar archives, implements the announced Java vendor property changes, and contains a set of improvements across the class library. You can check out the list of changes for details, and get the source code.

After re-thinking the plan for JDK 7 and evaluating feedback from the community, licensees, customers, and many others, Mark Reinhold has published the details of 'Plan B' to release JDK 7 in 2011 and JDK 8 in 2012 that was announced at JavaOne.

OpenJDK, JDK 7, and the progress of the different projects were a hot topic at the JavaOne conference. Mark Reinhold was interviewed about it by both the JavaPosse and OTN. Justin Kestelyn, head of Oracle’s OTN network, and Henrik Ståhl, product and strategy lead for Java Platform technologies were interviewed by the Basement Coders podcast about Oracle’s commitment and goals for Java and the Open Source community. John Rose published his slides for the Da Vinci VM related sessions, and so did Joe Darcy and Maurizio Cimadamore for their Project Coin talk.

The Shark backend for HotSpot has been merged into JDK 7.

In Project Lambda, Maurizio Cimmadamore has continued to work on the implementation, fixing issues along the way.

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