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Some of the JDK 1.7 Improvements in a Nutshell

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Some of the JDK 1.7 Improvements in a Nutshell

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Following are the top 10 improvements impressed me over previous version of JDK. In a nutshell, I summarized below for quick look up.

  •  Underscores in Numeric Literals
   long ssn = 999_99_9999L
  • Strings in Switch Statements
String month = "Feb";
  switch(month) {
     case "January"  : <do some thing> ;break;
     case "February" : <do some thing> ;break;
     default : <do some thing> ;break;
  • Automatic Resource Management

  Inout/Ouput streams need not be closed explicitly. JVM will take care of closing them when needed.

  Extended to classes which implements java.lang.AutoCloseable


try( InputStream in = new FileInputStream(new File("text.txt"))){
     // your code
  • Multi-Catch Statements - group relevant types
  } catch(InstantiationException | NoSuchMethodException | InvocationTargetException e){
  • New Enhanced IO package(NIO2)

Some of the new classes: java.nio.file.Paths, java.nio.file.Files, java.nio.file.FileSystem

features added to watch a directory for any changes, create a symbolic links, file copy is made easy.

  • Enhanced Concurrancy API
  • Bug Fixes on JAXP, JAX-WS, JAXB
  • JDBC 4.1

Connection, ResultSet and Statement = > now we don't need to close them manually as they implement AutoCloseable interface.

  • Fork and Join Framework
  • Diamond operator works many ways.
  Foo<Bar> bar=new Foo<>();

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