What a day. It all started roughly two hours ago. I don't know, if it was Mark Reinhold or Henrik Ståhl or Terrence Barr or even the Oracle press release. But no matter who was the first to push the news: Java 7 is now GA. The last build 147 was the only release candidate (RC) and it seems as if it passed all the tests in time to be shipped right in time for the date announced a long time ago.
If you followed the story a bit, you know that this is worth a wonderful big congratulation to everybody involved! Inside Oracle or not. This was the release I have been waiting for since some time. And I honestly have to admit that it was not mainly because of the features but because of the whole political situation. Thanks OpenJDK Team! Great!
Java Facts and Figures from the press release
97% of enterprise desktops run Java
1 billion Java downloads each year
9 million developers worldwide
#1 programming language (TIOBE Programming Community Index)
More than 3 billion devices are powered by Java technology
Press release: Oracle Announces Availability of Java SE 7
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Java SE Documentation: APIs, Tutorials, Technical Articles, License Terms
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GlassFish 3.1.1 is GA!
The next big news! I don't know, if it was clever but I guess, they were forced to do this. Next to the new Java the next GlassFish release went life, too. No big new features (beside extended platform and Java 7 support) but hundreds of bug fixes in this release and some updated versions of RIs (Weld!). Have a look at the release notes (PDF) for all details.
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