Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Java 8 - Launch!

I have just witnessed the Live Webcast1 of the Oracle Java 8 Launch. It seems that Java 8 is officially2 launched.

I hear Java 8 was already released in the wild on the 18th of March, but this seems to be the Live Webcast of the Launch. Introducing Java 8 was Mark Reinhold3, the Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle.

He was joined by some well known Software Developers:
  • Brian Goetz, core Java Language Architect at Oracle.
  • Robert Vandette, Technical Lead for Mobile Edition, does Compact Profiles.
  • Roger Riggs, new Date and Time API. Spec lead of ME 8.
  • Richard Bair, Java Client Architect, JavaFX 8.
  • John Rose, JVM Architect.
Java 8 Powers the Internet Of Things
Some notes in the promotional blurb at the beginning of the webcast:
  • Nine Million Java Developers
  • #1 Development Platform
  • Increased Developer Productivity
  • Revolutionary Platform Release
Some non-exhaustive list of things available in the new release for Java 8:
  • Lambda Expressions
  • Streams
  • Type Annotations
  • Date and Time API
  • Compact Profiles
  • Nashorn Javascript Engine
Java 8 is a Community Technology
There are several Java 8 sessions available to watch at [1].


[1] Java 8 Launch Webcast
[2] Java 8 Launch Webcast - Overview
[3] Mark Reinhold’s Blog - JDK 8: General Availability
Everything about Java 8
A deeper look into the Java 8 Date and Time API

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