Aug 2, 2011

Java 7 Has Finally Been Released

Posted Aug 2, 2011
At long last, after 5 years of waiting and bureaucratism Java 7 is here! I still remember reading the Stackoverflow question: "Who is preventing the release of Java 1.7?" and was disappointed by Sun and Apache's dispute; reminds me of a failed democracy with too many people having a say, slowing the progress to a crawl.

Anyway, enough of ranting. Java 7 was released on July 28, 2011. It's also worth noting that this is the first Java release after Oracle bought Sun. This major release includes many new features including my favorite "strings in switch statements" and "try-with-resources statement". As a fan of Groovy language, I was excited by this release because it includes the much awaited JSR292 which aims to support the implementation of dynamically-typed languages promising significant performance gain. For more information about the implications of JSR292, read Baptiste Wicht's article.

For more information on the new features and enhancements, check out the release notes.  Java Development Kit (JDK) 7 is available for download here.

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