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The State of JDK and OpenJDK

Joe Darcy (Oracle)
Java: JVM
Location: A107/108
Tags: java, jvm, jdk
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(3.25, 4 ratings)

Starting in 2006, portions of the JDK code base were released under open source, starting the OpenJDK effort. Today OpenJDK 6 derived binaries are found in most Linux distributions and OpenJDK 7 is being used for the reference implementation of Java SE 7. At this session learn about the ongoing work in OpenJDK 6, hear more about the new features in JDK 7, and get an overview of the functionality expected in JDK 8. In particular this session will:

  • Outline the relationship between the Java Community Process (JCP) and the JDK and OpenJDK.
  • Discuss in more detail the new features in JDK 7, including the quantitative analysis techniques used to help make language design decisions in Project Coin.
  • Cover future plans for OpenJDK 6 and OpenJDK 7.
  • Highlight features planned for JDK 8 and ongoing projects such as the closures of Project Lambda and the modules of Project Jigsaw.
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Joe Darcy


Joe was the lead engineer of Project Coin and specification lead for JSR 334, the effort to select and implement a set of small Java language changes for JDK 7. From its inception in 2007 until March 2011, Joe was also the release manager, lead engineer, and quality lead for OpenJDK 6, an open source implementation of the Java SE 6 platform.