Oracle "re-thinks" the JDK 7 release schedule, plus a concurrency double-header
JenniAloi 120000JEBE Visits (2009)
By now, you've probably read Mark Reinhold's blog post on the two possible options that Oracle is considering for JDK 7. Judging from the comments (and there are a lot, so kudos to Oracle for soliciting community feedback), and despite the incremental updates that will come with the more desirable Plan B, disappointment prevails. It's been a long wait, but with JavaOne fast approaching, an announcement of some variety was inevitable.
From a Java zone perspective, this change in direction means that I will likely focus less on scheduled feature and language changes until they hit the public roadmap, and instead continue to go in-depth on current release and related topics.
One such topic is concurrency, and this week we have a one-two punch from Alex Miller. First is his feature article on GPars, the Groovy concurrency library that builds on existing models to solve common (and niggling) problems. Alex deepens his discussion in a podcast with Andy Glover, the first of two parts (he had a lot to say!), so be sure to tune in.
A word on Alex. I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting him during OSCON earlier this summer when I noticed he was speaking on concurrency and GPars. I didn't know he was presenting, and seeing as we were already working on his article, I decided it would behoove me to get a better read on him in person. Alex is a busy guy -- not only tackling his day job as an architect and senior engineer at Revelytix, but is a prolific blogger and the organizer of the Strange Loop developer conference -- so our exchanges had been brief and to the point. His presentation was solid and informative, and his style easy to follow. Though I'd seen a detailed outline for his article and had recs from others about his abilities, I was relieved to know that this guy was surely going to produce a great article. And that he did. I hope to work more with Alex developing content on the Java zone, but the good ones are always hard to pin down, so don't miss this opportunity!