August 14, 2011

On July 28 Oracle announced the release of the Java Platform Standard Edition 7 (Java SE 7). That’s the first release of the Java platform since the time when the control over the platform development moved from the Sun Corporation to Oracle.

Java SE 7 is the first big Java release for the last five years. The release is the teamwork of Oracle engineers and also the global community of Java developers who participated in the development of the platform within the OpenJDK community. In the process of development 9,494 bugs were fixed, 1,966 updates were introduced, 9,018 package corrections were released, 147 installations were performed and 4 requests for Java (JSR) specification were sent.

Java SE 7 includes the changes aimed at improving the platform efficiency and simplifying routine tasks of a programmer. Some efforts were also undertaken to make standard operations require less code and the language syntax be more transparent, which enables easy listings reading. Also the release presents the improved efficiency of the dynamic programming languages working on JVM, such as Ruby, Groovy, Python and JavaScript. The new interface for developing applications for multinuclear systems enables the breakdown of the tasks for concurrent processing between any numbers of processor’s nucleus.

Now Java developers, interested in the new language version, can start working with Java SE 7. The popular integrated development environments (IDE), such as NetBeans 7.0, IntelliJ IDEA 10.5 or Eclipse Indigo with the Java SE 7 plug-in, already supports new Java features. By the end of the year, the JDK 7 support will have been realized in the Oracle JDeveloper environment.

According to Oracle, there are about nine million java software developers in the world. The number of platform downloads is about one billion a year and the number of devices working with Java exceeds 2 billion.


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