//from the editor /
JAVA IN ACTION
hat’s not to love about crowdsourcing? Without a clear and obvious topic in mind for this
note—and cursed with a follow-on case of writer’s block—I went to you, the community, via Twitter for suggestions. There were several of them, but the desire for a status update about JDK 8 seemed to be a common
theme. So, let’s do that.
ADOPT A JSR
As previously announced, the GA date for JDK 8 is currently expected to be September 2013. The main
drivers are, of course, the Lambda and Jigsaw projects. Each of these projects could arguably represent one
of the most significant and anticipated changes ever to the Java platform, to say nothing of two of them.
Find your JSR here
The curiosity about JDK status offers a welcome opportunity for us to deep-dive into the OpenJDK project
overall—for example, to explore its expanding role in the community ecosystem and its relationship to the
Oracle JDK. In this issue, we’ve banked on that opportunity via an interview with Donald Smith, a member of
Oracle’s Java SE team who helps steward the OpenJDK community. As you’ll learn, one of the project’s main
objectives—and great successes thus far—is to bring a diversity of viewpoints into the development process.
And speaking of diverse viewpoints: before you turn the page, I want to thank you
for helping Java Magazine break the 100,000-subscriber barrier after only a handful
of issues. Without your interest and support, this publication would not, and could
not, exist. Do you see a pattern here?
//send us your feedback /
Justin Kestelyn, Editor in Chief
We’ll review all
suggestions for future
Depending on volume,
some messages may
not get a direct reply.
P.S. Starting in this issue, the “Java Champion Duke” next to a byline signi-fies the author’s membership in that august community. They deserve it!
PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB ADLER
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