Wheels keep on turning

Java 8 release candidate is here

Lucy Carey

Oracle JDK Release Manager Mathias Axelsson announces build 128 as the first release candidate build of Java 8

As we reported last month, Oracle is going hell-for-leather to push out the long awaited release of Java 8. These efforts to get everything out on time for the much-delayed deadline appear to be paying off, with Oracle JDK Release Manager  Mathias Axelsson announcing that the first release candidate build is now ready for download yesterday.

In a update published on Tuesday morning, he wrote that Oracle had promoted build 128 as the first release candidate build of JDK 8.

Axelsson added that he was continuing to monitor incoming bugs, and should a critical “showstopper” appear a new build will have to be created to include it. At this stage of development, after pushing back the deadline from spring last year, all guns are blazing to get the final release out this March.

Those who’ve been following the treacle-slow progress of Java 8 will be well versed in the setbacks Oracle has faced in pushing out this release – namely, the need to address security issues, which have been the root of one long PR nightmare for the platform over the past year.

There was also the matter of Project Lamda, which took much longer than expected to perfect. With lambdas seen by many as the ‘X Factor’ element in this new release, Chief Architect  Markus Reinhold decided the best course of action would be to “stop the train” for a September 2013 release to give the project time to catch up.

Although reactions to this were “tinged with disappointment”, overall, the community was fairly unanimous in agreement at the time that they’d rather hold out for a better, more stable release than accept an earlier, imperfect version.

These latest announcements however, which have emphasised that only major fixes are going on at this point, appear to have spooked some users, with one Redditor commenting, “that’s all we need, another bug-laden java release…” and another chiming in with, “That’s what I want to hear, “We don’t really care about quality. Only budgets and deadlines matter.”

Regardless of these criticisms though, the Java 8 express is going full steam ahead, and you can take this latest build for a test drive at

Image by TJ Cosgrove

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments