One step at a time

Still using Java 8? Migrate to JDK 10 before jumping to JDK 11

Public updates for Java 8 will remain available for individual, personal use through at least the end of 2020 but business users won’t be that lucky — the ‘public updates’ tap will be turned off in January 2019. Where do we go from here? According to Donald Smith, the shortest upgrade path from Oracle Java SE 8 leads to JDK 10, *not* JDK 11.

Is Java still free? The short answer is *Yes*

Java Champions untangle the Java releases and support confusion

The confusion over the rights to use Oracle JDK vs Oracle’s OpenJDK builds vs OpenJDK builds from other providers has been hovering over us for quite some time but no more. A number of Java Champions joined forces to untangle the Java releases and support confusion; there’s a shorter version if you only want the conclusion but we advise you to read the longer version too.

IDE 101

NetBeans IDE: Features, tips & future

NetBeans has had a long and storied history. In this article, Geertjan Wielenga goes over some of that history to explain NetBeans’ unique features, as well as some tips and tricks to make your app development even easier.

Create apps without compromise

Cettia: A Java server for building real-time web apps

Solve tricky problems with WebSocket, JSON and switch statements with Cettia! This full-featured web app framework for Java allows developers to exchange events between the server and client in real-time. Cettia is now celebrating its 1.1 release!

JEP candidates

JDK 12 patrol: Packaging Tool joins the party

JDK 11 is almost upon us but that’s no excuse to chill! The tech world is moving fast and we ‘re in for the ride! The JDK 12 development repositories are open and we thought it’s time to start a new thread in order to keep track of everything that’s going live. Today we add one more JEP candidate to the list. Let’s take a closer look!

In case you missed it

Weekly round-up: JDK 12, OpenJFX 11, Project Helidon & more

Every Monday we take a step back and look at all the cool stuff that went down during the previous week. JDK 11 is right on our doorstep but that’s no excuse to chill! The tech world is moving fast and we ‘re in for the ride! Last week, we had some more JDK 12 updates, a new Java project from Oracle and much more!

The same but not quite

Oracle JDK builds vs. OpenJDK builds: Understanding the differences

Donald Smith, Sr Director of Product Management in the Java Platform Group at Oracle announced last year that the company intended that “within a few releases there should be no technical differences between OpenJDK builds and Oracle JDK binaries. Are we there yet? Are there no technical differences between the two? He clears the air in a new blog post.