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Java

Tech history 101

Know your history — Java’s rise to popularity

Welcome to our History 101 series! In the second part, we look at one of the most enduring programming languages of our time. How did Java make its way to the top? From humble origins, we turn back the pages to the beginning. Class is in session!

Making its way towards a general release

JDK 11 is in Rampdown Phase One

JDK 11’s Rampdown Phase One is here. So, what does this mean for the next Java version? The lineup is set – JDK 11 is locked in with 17 new JEPs for developers to tool around and explore. JDK 11 is on track for a general release in September.

A language by any other name

How do we define Java?

What is and isn’t part of Java? The question has a more in-depth answer than you may suspect. In this article, Simon Ritter discusses the differences in definitions between terms such as Oracle JDK and OpenJDK.

The pulse of Java

Java health check-up: Has popularity waned?

The six-month Java release cycle has gained a lot of critics and caused some controversy. Will it affect the popularity of Java though? We look at some surveys to see if Java’s popularity has changed.

7 different ways to optimize your memory consumption

7 ways to capture Java heap dumps

Useful for optimizing memory consumption, a heap dump is a snapshot of the memory of a Java process. In this article, Ram Lakshmanan explores seven different options to capture heap dumps.

Most forked projects

Top 5 most popular Java projects on GitHub

What kind of projects are we working on? We took a look at the top 5 most popular Java projects on GitHub to see what everyone is excited about. From Mockitos to Guava, there are a lot of delicious projects getting forked on GitHub.

Time to make a choice

End of life comes early for JDK 8

Changes are a-coming for Java. The switch from a feature-based schedule to a time-based release of the JDK has its pros and cons. But what does this mean for JDK 8? Simon Ritter explains how this new schedule means that developers may have to choose between stability, security, or cost.