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on February 17, 2010 at 6:20 AM PST
Yesterday, in a live Tech Cast event on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), Justin Kestelyn interviewed Mark Reinhold. The interview is currently available in full bandwidth...
Yesterday, in a live Tech Cast event on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), Justin Kestelyn interviewed Mark Reinhold . The interview is currently available in full bandwidth, and it will be available in Brightcove and audio-only versions within the next few days. [Note: a lower bandwidth edition is now available at https://channelsun.sun.com/media/show/15028 .] If you are familiar with Mark's work, you'll not be surprised to find that Java 7 was the central topic of conversation.
Attendance at the live event peaked at about 80 people. The interview occupied about 30 minutes, and included a question and answer period where Mark addressed questions from the audience that were submitted via Facebook or Twitter.
Mark cited four primary objectives for Java 7:
- Modularity - make Java scalable downward, for customizable use on small devices; this will also address the "jar hell" problem once and for all
- Multilingual support
- Make Java a more productive language, through improvements like Project Coin , the new diamond operator, strings and switch, and JSR-203 (NIO.2)
- Performance improvements - Hotspot and JRockit VM development, parallel array, closures (which will make implementation of parallel array structures much more convenient)
In response to a question from Justin, Mark said that upcoming Milestone 6 release will likely include the diamond operator and strings and switches, and subsequent near-term milestone releases will include a new Python-like syntax for initializers and elements from Project Jigsaw (modularity).
After a brief discussion of the history of the closures debate, the floor was opened to questions.
Visit the oracletechnologynetworklive page at LiveStream to watch the interview [or at https://channelsun.sun.com/media/show/15028 if you prefer a lower-bandwidth view].
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