Oracle is asking the Java community for approval of its two latest releases, Java SE 7 and 8, twin offerings that come as an effort to split the JDK 7 into two separate releases.
The latest Java Specification Requests (JSR) “have been a long time coming,” Oracle admits, but it expects results from the voting in the next two weeks. Key elements from the original Java 7 that have found a home in Java 8 are the Lambda and Jigsaw efforts. Developer.com runs through the rest of the features of Oracle’s Java 7 and 8.
The next two major versions of Java are beginning to take shape. Oracle has submitted the release content for both Java SE 7 and 8 to the Java Community Process (JCP) for approval before the end of the month.
JSR (Java Specification Request) 336 details the components and features that will become JDK 7, while JSR 337 details JDK 8. The final Java 7 release is being targeted for mid-2011, while Java 8’s release is set for 2012.