Highlights of the JVM Ecosystem Report 2018

Sneak peek into the status of the JVM ecosystem

Java developers gather round! It’s time for the ultimate look into the JVM ecosystem! The JVM Ecosystem Report 2018 is live and brings *tons* of useful and interesting data with it. Let’s take a closer look at some of the highlights

From one LTS to another

Poll results: It’s one big leap forward towards Java 11

As JDK 11 is almost upon us, now is the best time to revisit our topic on migrating from earlier JDK versions. 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? Earlier this month we introduced a poll to find out what developers think it would be their best option for migrating from JDK 8 to JDK 11. The results are in!

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.

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.

Plus poll results

Project Skara: What do the experts have to say?

Last month, the JDK team made a call for discussion in order to investigate a number of options for JDK source code management. But is it time to retire Mercurial in favor of Git? Let’s have a closer look at what the experts had to say on that and what the community’s reaction has been so far.

March 20 is fast approaching

First JDK 10 Release Candidate is here

JDK 10’s Rampdown Phase Two ran until February 8, which means there’s just the Release Candidate phase standing between us and the next Java version. Speaking of, the first JDK Release Candidate is here.

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.