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23 March 2011, 12:24

Oracle opens planning on Java 8

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Java logo With Java 7 and its JDK heading, on schedule, towards its summer release, Oracle is now looking ahead to Java 8. Oracle's Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group, has invited the community to participate in the planning process for JDK 8 on the OpenJDK mailing list. The first part of that process is coming up with a way to manage proposals as effectively as possible so that it is simple and transparent yet authoritative enough to create a JSR at a later date.

JDK8 is already set to include Lambda expressions, Jigsaw modularisation and elements of Project Coin which did not make it into JDK7. Some elements are already controversial though; objections were raised last year to Jigsaw's lack of OSGi support.

Reinhold suggests a system which uses Mercurial as a backing store and "one page" documents formatted in Markdown, a simple but powerful markup language, which would be automatically published on the web as the technology basis for the JDK 8 proposals. He would like the system to be as simple as possible so the planning can begin soon.

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