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HOT or NOT: Top 5 Java stories so far

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Knock, knock! Who’s there? It’s another list, only this time it’s *all* about the hottest Java news we had so far in 2018! Why you ask? First of all, because we are definitely having fun making these lists! And second, we have so many things that went down during the first half of 2018, so how can we keep up without a quick recap? What’s more, we have a very special JAX London goodie bag for you at the end of this article!

Here’s a crazy idea!

Since we are more than half-way through 2018, why don’t we take a step back and have a look at the top HOT or NOT Java stories we had so far this year?

And if you are skeptical and think it is too early for that, trust me, we have *a lot* going on!

Let’s get started!


Java 10 release

Imagine if the latest version of Java was released on schedule according to the official release date. It’ll never happen, you say? Well, apparently it did happen for Java 10. We even have proof! (And more here.) It does, however,  seem a bit awkward because it feels like Java 9 was released yesterday.

Those who expected big and groundbreaking changes will be disappointed, but there are still a lot of great new features.

We also asked Falk Sippach, trainer, software developer and project manager at OIO Orientation at Objects GmbH, to take a good look at those and share his thoughts on everything new in Java 10. Check out his review here.

JDK 11 features list finalized

Java 10 was hot news just a couple of months ago. Aaand… it’s gone!


JDK 11’s Rampdown Phase Two is the latest hot topic!

So, what does this mean for the next Java version? In short, the overall feature set is frozen and the stabilization repository, jdk/jdk11, is open for P1–P2 bug fixes. JDK 11 is on track for a general release in September.

Check out our review here.

Jib: Containerizing a Java application has never been easier

“Write once, run anywhere” (WORA), or sometimes “write once, run everywhere” (WORE), has been the motto that describes the cross-platform benefits of the Java language for ages and containers are bringing Java developers closer than ever to the realization of this type of workflow.

Don’t get me wrong though. Containerizing a Java application is no easy business and that was the main driver behind the creation of Jib.

Jib, an open-source Java containerizer created by Google lets Java developers build containers using the Java tools they are familiar with. It builds Docker and OCI images for your Java applications and is available as plugin for Maven and Gradle.

Find out more about this containerizer that you have been waiting for your whole life here.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Java stories of July: Apache NetBeans 9.0, Java 10, Jib, SQL tricks & more


Nashorn JavaScript Engine: Off with its head

Have you ever used Nashorn? If you’re interested, you might want to put it on your to-do list because the Nashorn JavaScript script engine and APIs, as well as the jjs tool might soon be deprecated, according to JEP 335.

Check out everything you need to know here.

JavaFX decoupling from the JDK in 3…2…11!

Hear ye, hear ye! Starting with JDK 11, JavaFX will be available as a separate module, decoupled from the JDK.

This should encourage new contributors to engage in the open source OpenJFX community.

If you want to learn more about this news read Johan Vos’ article here.

We’re not done yet!

Speaking of hot topics. do you know what’s the other super hot thing going on?

JAX London Very Early Bird Special!

Yeah, that’s right!

While we are revving up in preparation for JAX London this October 8 – 11, 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London, you can grab the opportunity to save up to £424 plus special team discounts!

The schedule is already filling up with plenty of keynotes, sessions, and workshops with topics from Java to microservices to DevOps.

Now is the time for you to get the special discount prices. The Very Early Bird ends on the 2nd of August!


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