Top 7 Reasons to Learn Java SE 7 Now

Have you updated to Java SE 7? If you haven’t, check out the top 7 reasons to do so below.

7.  More companies are now running Java SE 7.

The end of the publicly available release of Oracle JDK 6 was February 19, 2013 so more companies will be running Java SE 7. If you haven’t downloaded Java SE 7 yet, now may be the perfect time to do so.

6.  Java SE 6 and Java SE 5 updates require Oracle Support.

As of February 19, all new Java SE 6 and Java SE 5 security updates, patches and fixes are now only available through My Oracle Support; thus requiring a commercial license with Oracle.

5.  Stay current with automatic updates.

Oracle started auto-updating Windows 32-bit, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 in December 2012.

4.  Java skills are in high demand.

Java skills are in high demand, so being familiar with the latest version keeps your skills current, giving you an edge in the job market.

3.  Improved features will make your life easier.

Java SE 7 is new and improved. Get a hands-on introduction to the new features (Fork/Join, NIO, diamond notation) with the Java SE 7 New Features course.

2.  Java SE 7 training is now available.

Oracle University's Java SE 7 New Features course is available in a traditional classroom environment and as a Live Virtual Class (LVC) event. It is also available in the new Training On Demand (TOD) format, giving you the flexibility to take the training  any time, from anywhere in the world.

1.  Earn valuable IT credibility with a Java SE 7 certification.

Earn well-respected credentials by becoming certified in the newest version of Java SE 7. If you're certified in Java SE 6, you can combine your Java SE 7 New Features training with your certification upgrade and actually save 20%. If you're getting certified for the first time, other Java SE 7 certification discount packages are also available. 

Now that you know the top seven reasons to learn Java SE 7, take a look at the Java SE 7 learning paths to help you get started!

- Jerilyn, Oracle University Curriculum Product Manager


I think you've got this a bit wrong. The real advantage of Java 7 is not in the language. Java (as a programming language) is complete junk, as any hardcore Scala programmer can confirm to you. The real improvements that came with the 7 release were not language improvements, but JVM improvements (and, to some lesser degree, the development tools in the JDK). The JVM is simply an outstanding piece of technology that beats .Net substantially. The JVM is a true wonder, and it's the JVM that is bringing cutting-edge advantages in a corporate high-performance environment. When you're touting Java 7, you should zoom in on the wonderful new JVM, not on Java as a language. I'm in good company in the Scala community by saying that Java is a complicated way, full of noise and ceremony, to get something accomplished on the JVM. Look how many times closures were bumped, we'll now get it in Java 8. But by the time we'll have Java 8, the professionals will have switched over to Scala, which gives you true functional programming from the get-go, and it still uses the wonderful JVM.

Posted by Andreas Lauschke on March 14, 2013 at 01:59 PM PDT #

Great idea, except that some of us are still stuck on Mac OS X 10.6 for compatibility reasons, and Oracle chose not to make Java 7 available there.

Posted by guest on March 15, 2013 at 07:18 PM PDT #

Thank you for your comment. We are glad you like the JVM. Scala is a great language but we obviously think Java is still great too.

Posted by Kate on March 18, 2013 at 01:42 PM PDT #

how do I install jawa

Posted by guest on March 19, 2013 at 04:52 AM PDT #

7. I couldn't care less of how other companies follow trends.
6. Paid support for a zero-day-exploit VM. A strong reason to update indeed, but not a good one.
5. "Learn 'cause we changed your runtime under your shoes".
4. Still no technical reason.
3. Finally a technical benefit, language/vm improvement.
2. Availability of training is more important than technical improvements?
1. (The TOP REASON) ... really?

I mean, I'd glagly learn something new, but if the horse-feeder is giving me seven reason with just one technical benefit, I'd be wary of him/it.

P.S.: the preview feature loses the "Name" field in the form.

Posted by Luca Santarelli on March 19, 2013 at 08:48 AM PDT #

For Java versions 6 and below, Apple supplies their own version of Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Apple's Java for your Mac. More on Mac and Java here:

Posted by Kate on March 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM PDT #

We know we‘ll never please everyone with our posts. Besides, we think it’s okay to have a little fun with the Top 7 considering we are a provider of training and certification after all. There is a ton more out there on the technical feature benefits if you are looking for some harder hitting reasons to make the switch.
Here are just a few:

Posted by Kate on March 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM PDT #

More on how to install Java here:

Posted by kate on March 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM PDT #

I have XP & McAfee installed Java 7 verson 1.0.150 because when I had the older Java there where 5 Java's over-lapping (they where uninstalled) Now I worry when I keep getting Jave update Availabale but it has no infomation!!! Is this Normal? Most times it will tall you up-date 15 or 17, I don't want to put anything into my computer that isn't good for it.l.. Thank you for any info you can give me,,, Gail

Posted by Gail Bastian on April 03, 2013 at 06:32 PM PDT #

Gail, I suggest you visit the Java Help Center to get more help with your issue:

Posted by Kate on April 17, 2013 at 03:11 PM PDT #

I want to know why my computer tells Me that orcale 7 Jave is no good I need java in My coputer or I cannot play all My favorite Gams on Club Pogo as I cannot play them without Java I want to play all the games on Pogo Like penguin Blocks and Bagoole Bash and I am being kept from winng more tokens On Club Pogo . Please how can I get a jva in My computer that works my computer is a used gateway computer . and it works good. I don`t have Money as I only get a Small Goverment chack every month.

Posted by Ruth L Rowe on April 21, 2013 at 08:50 AM PDT #

Nice one

Posted by punam borhade on May 06, 2013 at 04:09 AM PDT #

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