JDK 7: Jigsaw and classpath


Developers have sometimes had to try to square the circle with the Java classpath over the years. What really is a linear model in multiple sections works for much of the time. But as applications get larger, and the dependencies between it and the libraries it needs get more complex, things break down.

Luckily, Project Jigsaw will be providing a cleaner dependency model in JDK 7 to save developers from trying to prove the impossible.

In the meantime, Joe posted a great visual summary of the three sections of the Java classpath.
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