Buggy or not, Java 8 will arrive on time
After a series of false starts, it looks like Oracle is holding fast for a March release date – just watch out for a few holes.
It’s been a long
longer than anticipated), and bumpy road, but it appears
that Java 8 is really coming in March – albeit with a few
update published on Monday, Mathias
Axelsson, Oracle JDK 8 Release Manager, wrote that for the past few
months, the devs team had been furiously beavering away in Oracle
Towers to get the upgrade pushed out this spring.
To achieve this however, Axelsson emphasised
that some compromises will have to be made. At this stage of
development, only “showstopper bugs” are being considered for
fixing in the initial JDK 8 release.
According to Axelsson, “Non-showstopper bugs
will be deferred to a later release in order to ensure we keep to
the JDK 8 schedule and can ship on March 18.”
As anyone who’s been keeping track of Java 8’s
progress will be well aware, the retooled platform was originally
supposed to have shipped six months ago. Security issues were one
of the major reasons driving this deferral, as well a need to
tighten up Project Lambda, arguably the biggest feature of the
Axelsson added that, though there are a number
of fixes “pending integration”, on the whole,
the team are all set to have the release
candidate ready in time for the January 23 deadline.
He noted that after today’s promoted build
deadline, builds will be made on demand based on the fixes that
have gone in, stating that; “We’re making this adjustment to keep
the turnaround time as short as possible if we have to take a fix
Legacy problems with Java have continued to be a
thorn on Oracle’s side over the last 18 months, but the stewards
are doing their utmost to weed them out. In a bumper
quarterly update this Tuesday, it pushed out
36 patches for Java SE alone, 34 of which were for remotely
Although it’s certainly not ideal for the
company to be pushing out a not-entirely watertight release,
Oracle’s readiness to advertise this fact is certainly an
encouraging sign that it’s serious in its intent to openly deal
with holes in the platform going forward.