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Presentation: Moving Towards JDK 12: New Features in Java

Track: Solutions Track III

Location: Mountbatten, 6th flr.

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Tuesday

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The new six-month release cadence for the JDK has seen more major releases of Java in the last eighteen months than in the previous ten years.


In this session, we’ll look at how Java is changing, both from a technical perspective and from that of changes to release schedule, binary distributions and availability of updates.


We’ll discuss the major new features in JDK 9, 10, 11 and 12. We’ll also look at some of the larger, longer-term projects to improve Java: Amber, Valhalla and Loom.

Speaker: Simon Ritter

Deputy CTO @Azul

Simon 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 Commitee as well as the JSR Expert Groups for JDK 9, 10, 11 and 12.

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