New JDK 7 roadmap released
The engineers responsible for the Java implementation have now announced a roadmap for version 7 of the Java Development Kit (JDK). According to their schedule, the final version of the Java implementation will be released on the 28th of July, 2011. Several intermediate milestone releases will be issued before then, but their exact release dates are yet to be announced. The next date on the roadmap is the 16th of December, when JDK 7 is planned to be "feature complete". The announcement is in line with Oracle's recently renewed efforts to promote the Java programming language.
With the release date, the developers have adopted the plan to release JDK 7 without Lambda functions, Project Jigsaw and parts of Project Coin. JDK 8 is already planned to follow at the end of 2012 and is to include these components left out of the forthcoming release. Including all the advances into JDK 7 would have meant that it could not be finalised until mid-2012 at the earliest.
Earlier this week, Oracle submitted its specification requests for Java 7 and Java 8 to the Java Community Process (JCP) for consideration. When the development of the next Java version was begun, the developers had aimed for a release in 2008, but then the release date had to be postponed again and again. After Oracle took over Sun, the previous Java development coordinators, the release date was postponed to 2010. This was followed by a prolonged period of uncertainty until a roadmap was released at the JavaOne conference in September.