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Eliminating Java Update Confusion

It has become clear to me, having spoken to many developers at many different events and seen recent postings on sites like Reddit, that there is still a lot of confusion about how the JDK will be delivered and updated in the future. In this post, I’ll clarify, as concisely as possible, with references to

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Java’s Magic Sauce

Or should I say, Java’s Magic Source? If we go all the way back to JDK 1.0, there were 211 classes in the public API. Out of interest, I created a graph showing the growth in public classes over time. To extract my data I used the API documentation and copied the list of all

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How Do We Define Java?

Java is a massively overloaded word. For a start, it is the name of an Indonesian island as well as being a term for coffee. Then we have Java, the computing platform. Even then, the word has several meanings: are we talking about Java the programming language syntax, Java the virtual machine or Java the

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Zulu 10 Has Landed

  In a previous blog post, I went into great detail about all of the 109 new features I had managed to uncover that are included in JDK 10. Given that it’s only six months since the release of JDK 9, this is an impressive feat on the part of the Java Platform Group at

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No JDK 9 For Windows XP

In my last blog post, I discussed the use of jlink to build shrink-fit Java runtimes that only contain the modules you need for your application. As part of the research for this, I was looking at one of the options for jlink that allows you to select a virtual machine type, the idea being

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Duke Takes His Last Tumble

Click here for more info on the rapid release cadence of the JDK When Java was first released, the world was a very different place. This was 1995, and the Internet and World Wide Web were still very much in their infancy. When James Gosling and John Gage demonstrated the WebRunner browser (as it was

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Making Java Wider

Or, at least, more widely available. Azul’s business is Java. Not using it, but providing people with alternatives for the JVM and JDK binaries. We think this is a good thing because it gives people a choice of which distribution of Java they use. The obvious question that people ask is, “Well, Java is write

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