This may be grossly over optimistic on my part, but, it feels like spring is just around the corner. And we all know what that means. This March, Java 8 will finally be here – and we’ll be taking a special look into some key areas around this release in this issue. Scroll down to get your free JAX Magazine download going. As ever, we’ve kept ourselves busy finding plenty of intelligent, analytical, and just-generally-quite-helpful articles to keep you occupied now that the big J-8 is really GA. To whet your appetite, we’ve got a guide to getting started with the Streams-API in Java 8 by Sven Ruppert. Step by step, he outlines what the advantages of this feature are for you, and how devs can make the best use of it.

On the Eclipse side, Martin Lippert, Principal Software Engineer at Pivotal, may not be living in a powder keg and giving off sparks – but he does have some strong opinions regarding the new platform that are well worth reading. GlassFish support is technically dead, but there are plenty of alternatives out there: Making waves recently is WildFly 8, which was added to the roster of certified Java EE7 apps this February. In this issue, project leader Jason Greene takes us through what’s new. We also have contributions from James Falkner, who is talking open source. More specificially: postmodern open source. The revolution may have been ‘won’, but what’s next for the field of open development post-sea change? Apparently it’s all about the approachability. And don’t miss Simon Ritter’s special look into what’s in store from Oracle this March.

At the time this editorial was written, we were still waiting for Oracle’s much awaited release to drop – and I’m sure that this issue is merely scratching the surface on everything the platform has to offer. Rest assured, we’ll be continuing to provide expert analysis throughout the year ahead. In the meantime, here at we’ll be keeping you up to date as ever with interviews, tutorials, and analysis focusing on all the hot-topics around Java 8.

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