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(Don’t Fear) the Java

  There was an interesting discussion on the Java Champions alias recently under the title, “Fear of Java”. The initial post was related to a University faculty that was evaluating which version of Java to use. Given the issue that it brought up, I thought it was worth discussing in a blog post. I’ll quote…

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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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Who Will Use JDK 9?

Recently, I ran a webinar on “Migrating Applications to JDK 9” . To develop this, I used some of the material I had researched for an earlier blog post along with new material gleaned from different sources. Rather than looking at the details of moving an application from the classpath to a set of modules, I…

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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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