Stephen Colebourne, Java Champion and JAX London speaker is very excited about the upcoming Java 9 release and the imminent modular future. Project Jigsaw should have been a major feature of Java 8 but now it’s ready for public display. Therefore, it’s time to consider how it might affect existing and new codebases. We talked to Stephen about the new Java 9 and the star of the show, Project Jigsaw.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Java? How about blockchain, DevOps and microservices? If you want to learn about emerging technologies or dive deeper into topics you’re already familiar with (I’m looking at you Java 9), what better way to do that than to go straight to the source? Open the magazine and allow the experts to shower you with information!
Java 9’s due date is coming but there are still some things we need to understand before its arrival. In the last part of our interview series, Java influencers bust some Java 9 misconceptions and reveal what they’d like to see in Java 10.
IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2 is finally here. This massive update for IntelliJ IDEA contains an abundance of features and important bugfixes. There’s Kotlin 1.1.3 support, Groovy 2.5.0 support, smarter coding assistance, Java 9 module diagrams and more.
Never a dull moment with Java 9. First, the JCP EC decided not to approve the Public Review Ballot for JSR 376 but then they signed off on the Reconsideration Ballot. Java 9 will be released on September 21 but will developers get started on JDK 9 without modules? In the second part of our interview series, Java influencers weigh in on Java 9 and the modular ecosystem.
In late May, Mark Reinhold proposed to “adjust the General Availability date in order to accommodate the additional time required to move through the JCP process.” Since there were no objections to the proposed eight-week extension, Java 9 will be released on September 21.
The release of Java 9 could be delayed to September 21, 2017. What does this mean for Jigsaw? What does this mean for developers? We talked to Georges Saab, chairperson of the OpenJDK governing board and vice president of development for the Java Platform group at Oracle about the proposal to delay the release of Java 9, the roadmap towards Java 10 and more.
Lucky number three. The third meeting of the Jigsaw Expert Group (they also met on May 17 and 22) offered an answer to the question on everyone’s lips: Is the group ready to move forward? Let’s have a look at the minutes.
Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, came up with the proposal to allow illegal reflective access from code on the class path by default in JDK 9 and to disallow it in a future release. Although the idea was well received, he emphasized that the change won’t “magically solve every JDK 9 adoption problem.”
Apache Maven is one of the actors that criticized the current state of Jigsaw. We caught up with Robert Scholte, chairman of the Apache Maven Project to chat about how well Maven is already working with Java 9, what is still problematic about Jigsaw and how the roadmap to Maven 5 looks like.
The clock is ticking: Although the EC didn’t approve the Public Review Ballot for JSR 376, the Jigsaw ship has not sailed yet. We caught up with Rémi Forax, a member of the Jigsaw expert group at JAX 2017 to chat about the impact of the vote on the state of Java 9 and the criticism surrounding Jigsaw.
Anything can happen in 30 days. Although the EC didn’t approve the Public Review Ballot for JSR 376, the Jigsaw ship has not sailed yet. David Blevins, founder and CEO of Tomitribe explained in a blog post why people should think past the red checkbox.