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Oracle propose JDK8 Milestone and Release dates

Chris Mayer
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The timeline has been mooted and Milestone 1 for JDK8 is just around the corner

Details have emerged on the JDK8 mailing list, proposing the schedule for Java 8’s milestones and final release date with January 30 earmarked as the big day.

Oracle’s release manager for the JDK, Mathias Axelsson made the following suggestions for development milestones leading up to a feature-complete version at the beginning of next year:

  • M1: April 24, 2012
  • M2: June 14, 2012
  • M3: July 30, 2012
  • M4: September 11, 2012
  • M5: November 26, 2012
  • M6: January 30, 2013 (FC)

Although no specific details of each milestone were discussed, it seems Oracle has already laid out a finely-tuned blueprint for JDK8. Axelsson suggests that by January 30, all features and new tests development would need to be completed ahead of the road towards general availablity.

The proposed target release date is September 2013, so this allows plenty of time to get every feature nailed down perfectly. Axelsson adds further details of this:

In order to get from FC to the release date based on the above dates I think we’ll need to raise the bar in steps during the bug fixing phase of the release so that we stay focused on the critical issues. I would like to recommend the following approach.

  • General bug fixing from early February till early April 2013
  • In early April 2013 the bar is raised to only allow P1-P3 bugs to be fixed
  • By mid-June 2013 the bar is raised even higher and only showstopper bug fixes are considered

It’s good to see Oracle outline their scheduling stringently to avoid issues from previous releases, as Axelsson notes by mentioning the bugs in the final days of JDK7. JSRs need time to bake and this is also accounted for.

The timeline isn’t set in stone yet, so if you have a problem with Oracle’s thinking, don’t hesitate to contact Axelsson to air your thoughts about the plans. There’s still time to change it.

We’re glad to see Oracle be open about the timeline way in advance as the preparation for JDK8 begins. Only a week or so to wait for the first glimpse of JDK8 – we can’t wait.

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