A New Day, A New JDK!

Today is the day! After a [rather long] wait, JDK 9 is finally here! JDK 9 has plenty of new features (you can find more details in my presentation, “55 New Features in JDK 9”) but, from a developers perspective doesn’t quite have the excitement we had with JDK 8 and the introduction of Lambda

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JDK 9: XXtra Command Line Options

In my last blog entry on JDK 9 compatibility, I included a list of the command line options that had been removed between JDK 8 and JDK 9. For this blog, I thought I’d do the inverse and look at the new command-line options available in JDK 9. I’m going to limit things to the

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JDK 9: Pitfalls For The Unwary

  JDK 9 is in the final phases of development, heading towards release on September 21st. The public review consideration ballot for the Java Platform Module System was passed [almost] unanimously, and so everything is now back on track. You can download the Azul Zulu builds of (Early Access) OpenJDK 9 here. Recently I’ve been doing

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Why We Called Our New JIT Compiler Falcon

Here at Azul, our primary focus is on figuring out how to make the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as fast as possible. If you look at what the JVM does for Java application code there are three main areas of functionality, all of which affect the performance of applications:  Memory management (including the Garbage Collector)

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Developing with Zing on Windows or Mac

Developing with Zing: Overview Azul gets asked frequently whether Zing–which is a by design a great production JVM on the server–would also satisfy a developer use case for Java applications. Typically, this means putting Zing onto a laptop or desktop and running developer IDEs and tools. Fortunately, several factors are converging to make Zing in

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Faster Java: Do We Really Want It?

Last week I was at the Voxxed Days Bristol event, which was as enjoyable as last year. Bristol appears to have a lot of developers, and there is clearly a thriving startup community there. As ever, there is plenty of interest in Java. Originally, I had been scheduled to deliver my talk on “55 new Features in

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