Almost 3 years after the release of Java 7, yesterday saw the release of JDK 8, bringing with it a bunch of new features like lambda expressions, a new date and time API, a Base 64 API and additional support for parallelisation. Rather than going over the details again, here’s a few ways to celebrate!
4: Learn about the changes
There are articles all over the web which will help you learn how to use all of the new features, but this video by Geertjan from the NetBeans team will give you a good starting point.
3: Make sure you’re ready to book your place at JavaOne
There’s really nothing else in the Java world quite like JavaOne – thousands of developers flock to San Francisco to pick from the 400+ sessions available, and visit stands by Java software vendors from all over the world. It’s truly an experience not to be missed – you can sign up to be alerted when tickets go on sale here.
2: Congratulate Mark Reinhold and the team on Twitter
It’s not been an easy road for Java 8 – difficult decisions had to be made about what to keep and what to let slip to 9, and issues with security meant a lot of time was spent shoring up defences rather than adding new features. Despite all this, Java 8 has taken almost half as long to arrive as Java 7 did – an achievement certainly worth celebrating. Why not let Mark and the team know their work is appreciated?
1: Go Code Something
As with any new technology, I find the best way of getting to grips with it is to jump right in and have a go. Let us know how you get on!