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Plan B for Java 7: The Details

A few weeks ago when Mark Reinhold announced that there were two possible plans for getting Java7 out the door, most people seemed to be behind the Plan B implementation, which meant we'd get a lighter version of Java7 earlier, rather than wait for all the features. Mark has recently posted details on his blog about what is actually to be included in Java7, and in the subsequent Java 8 release.


Java SE 7 — Mid 2011

This makes Java 7 a very appealling release, while Java 8 will include some of the big ticket items:


Java SE 8 — Late 2012

The umbrella JSRs for both Java 7 and Java 8 have yet to be finalised, but this list gives a good indication about what we can expect from Java in the next few years. 

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