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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.

Ready to say goodbye?

JDK 11: End of the road for Java EE modules

It’s been a long time coming! The Java SE modules that contain Java EE technologies have been annotated as deprecated for removal in JDK 9, so this is hardly news. However, removing the Java EE modules is not without risks.

Version-string scheme for the Java SE Platform and the JDK: Proposal

Back to JDK 10: “Most feature releases should contain at least one or two significant features”

Two weeks ago, Mark Reinhold offered three alternatives for the new version-numbering scheme. Now it’s time to present the specific proposal. In short, “JDK 10 is a feature release, JDK 10.0.1 and 10.0.2 are update releases with compatible bug fixes, and there is no interim JDK 10.1 release since in this model the next opportunity to add features is JDK 11.” 

An ode to absolute times

Version-string schemes for Java SE Platform & JDK: Oracle offers 3 alternatives

Last month, Oracle proposed a new version numbering scheme in order to emphasize the time-based releases. Not many people liked this proposal —to put it mildly— so Mark Reinhold is now offering three alternatives. You are encouraged to communicate additional information that’s relevant to the choice of such a scheme so speak now — a specific proposal will be made in about a week.