Among other features, Java 8 gave us functional interfaces and lambda expressions - it made Java feel modern, almost like Lisp.
An additional powerful capability that was introduced in Java 8 was the Streams API, which allowed developers to program to streams and collections in ways that is more modern and useful.
The new features introduced with Java 8 changed how we program. It drove strong developer-led adoption, as developers wanted to program using these new features.
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