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Project Coin: Final Update List for JDK 7

Posted by editor on September 1, 2009 at 5:32 AM PDT

Joe Darcy posted Project Coin: The Final Five (Or So) late last week. Joe also posted the content of this blog on the coin-dev mailing list, which Remi Forax references in his insightful post The seven small languages changes that will be in JDK7.

Here are the changes accepted for inclusion in JDK 7:

Joe notes that:

The specification, implementation, and testing of these changes are not final and will continue to evolve as interactions are explored and issues cleared.

Remi found the final list a bit surprising:

About Language support for collections, hum, I was a complete surprise for me, knowing that Joe said more than one time than only 5 proposal will live in jdk7.

He also notes the looming deadline:

The deadline is short, end of October, I think help of the community is needed so if you want to see a better support for collection in Java,
join us on coin-dev list and help to define/implement this feature.

Joe takes the time to talk about three proposals that went through further consideration, but were not ultimately accepted for inclusion in JDK 7:

About improved exception handling, Joe notes:

Improved exception handling would be a fine change for the language, but it ventures near the type system and we do not estimate we have resources to fully develop the feature within JDK 7. I would like to see improved exception handling reconsidered in subsequent efforts to evolve the language.

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