Keeping up with Java: Look at all these new features!

javaNew Java releases are coming faster than ever, now that we are well into the new six-month release cadence. The number of new features and APIs in each version is less than we’re used to, but the overall rate of change is actually faster than before. See what’s new with Java in this talk by Simon Ritter, CTO of Azul Systems.

In this session, we’ll take a tour of the new features that will help developers as well as things that improve Java deployments. We’ll also discuss issues that will affect migration of applications from earlier versions and choices for which version to choose for deployment.

Oracle has changed the license for their JDK, and how updates are made available is also different to what we’re used to. We’ll finish with a quick discussion of the best approaches to take to adapt to this and the choices available.

javaSimon Ritter is the Deputy CTO of Azul Systems. Simon joined Sun Microsystems in 1996 and spent time working in both Java development and consultancy. He has been presenting Java technologies to developers since 1999, focusing on the core Java platform as well as client and embedded applications.

Now at Azul Systems, he continues to help people understand Java and Azul’s JVM products. He represents Azul on the JCP Executive Committee as well as the JSR Expert Groups for JDK 9, 10, 11 and 12.