Sunday, March 13, 2011

JAVA 7 Features

Virtul Machine

JSR 292: Support for dynamically-typed languages (InvokeDynamic)

VM and language extensions to support the implementation of dynamically-typed languages at performance levels near to that of the Java language itself

Strict class-file checking [NEW]
Per the Java SE 6 specification, class files of version 51 (SE 7) or later must be verified with the typechecking verifier introduced by JSR 202 in Java SE 6; the VM must not fail over to the old inferencing verifier


JSR 334: Small language enhancements (Project Coin)

A set of small language changes intended to simplify common, day-to-day programming tasks:

1.      Strings in switch statements
2.      Automatic resource management
3.      Improved type inference for generic instance creation ("diamond")
4.      Simplified varargs method invocation,
5.      Better integral literals,
6.       Improved exception handling (multi-catch)


Upgrade class-loader architecture

Modifications to the ClassLoader API and implementation to avoid deadlocks in non-hierarchical class-loader topologies

Method to close a URLClassLoader

A method that frees the underlying resources, such as open files, held by a URLClassLoader

Concurrency and collections updates (jsr166y)

A lightweight fork/join framework, flexible and reusable synchronization barriers, transfer queues, a concurrent-reference HashMap, and thread-local pseudo-random number generators


Unicode 6.0

Upgrade the supported version of Unicode to 6.0

Locale enhancement

Upgrade the java.util.Locale class to support IETF BCP 47 and UTR 35 (CLDR/LDML)

Separate user locale and user-interface locale

Upgrade the handling of locales to separate formatting locales from user-interface language locales, as is done on Vista and later versions of Windows

I/O and Networking

JSR 203: More new I/O APIs for the Java platform (NIO.2)

New APIs for filesystem access, scalable asynchronous I/O operations, socket-channel binding and configuration, and multicast datagrams

NIO.2 filesystem provider for zip/jar archives

A fully-functional and supported NIO.2 filesystem provider for zip and jar files

SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol)

An implementation-specific API for the Stream Control Transmission Protocol on Solaris

SDP (Sockets Direct Protocol)

Implementation-specific support for reliable, high-performance network streams over Infiniband connections on Solaris and Linux

Use the Windows Vista IPv6 stack

Upgrade the networking code to use the Windows Vista IPv6 stack, when available, in preference to the legacy Windows stack

TLS 1.2

Add support for TLS 1.2, which was standardized in 2008 as RFC 5246

Security & Cryptography

Elliptic-curve cryptography (ECC)

A portable implementation of the standard Elliptic Curve Cryptographic (ECC) algorithms, so that all Java applications can use ECC out-of-the-box


JDBC 4.1

Upgrade to JDBC 4.1 and Rowset 1.1


XRender pipeline for Java 2D

A new Java2D graphics pipeline based upon the X11 XRender extension, which provides access to much of the functionality of modern GPUs

Create new platform APIs for 6u10 graphics features

Create new platform APIs for features originally implemented in the 6u10 release: Translucent and shaped windows, heavyweight/lightweight mixing, and the improved AWT security warning

Nimbus look-and-feel for Swing

A next-generation cross-platform look-and-feel for Swing

Swing JLayer component

Add the SwingLabs JXLayer component decorator to the platform


Update the XML stack

Upgrade the JAXP, JAXB, and JAX-WS APIs to the most recent stable versions


Enhanced JMX Agent and MBeans [NEW]

An implementation-specific enhanced JMX management agent, ported from JRockit, which makes it easier to connect to the platform MBean server through firewalls, together with a richer set of MBeans which expose additional information about the internal operation of the VM

Deferred to JDK 8 or later

JSR 294: Language and VM support for modular programming

Enhancements to the Java language and virtual-machine specifications to support modular programming, at both compile time and run time

JSR 308: Annotations on Java types

An extension to the Java annotation syntax to permit annotations on any occurrence of a type

JSR TBD: Language support for collections

Literal expressions for immutable lists, sets, and maps, and indexing-access syntax for lists and maps

JSR TBD: Project Lambda

Lambda expressions (informally, "closures") and defender methods for the Java programming language

Modularization (Project Jigsaw)

A simple, low-level module system focused upon the goal of modularizing the JDK, and the application of that system to the JDK itself

JSR 296: Swing application framework

An API to define the basic structure of a typical Swing application, thereby eliminating lots of boilerplate code and providing a much-improved initial developer experience

Swing JDatePicker component

Add the SwingLabs JXDatePicker component to the platform

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