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JDK 7: Jigsaw and classpath

Developers have sometimes had to
try to square
the circle with the Java
classpath over the years. What really is a linear
model in multiple sections works for much of the time. But as
applications get larger, and the dependencies between it and the
libraries it needs get more complex, things
break down.

Luckily, Project
Jigsaw will be providing
a cleaner dependency model in JDK 7 to save developers from trying
to prove the impossible.

In the meantime, Joe posted a great
visual summary of the three sections of the Java classpath.