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Java 8 Launch: Less than a Week Away

Posted by editor on March 18, 2014 at 9:15 AM PDT

The official launch of Java 8 is now less than a week away. The Java 8 Launch Webcast will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Tuesday, March 25. The launch event will include a welcome and overview by Mark Reinhold, a panel discussion on Java SE 8 new features and enhancements, a chat with Twitter CIO Adam Messinger, discussion by Java community leaders, a Java ME 8 overview, and a panel discussion on Java 8 and the Internet of Things (IoT). Portions of the session will include Q&A discussion via Twitter (#Java8QA).

Actually, while the official launch of Java 8 is a week away, the Java SE 8 JDK, Server JRE 8, and JRE 8 can already be downloaded, for those who want to get a head start. A packaged NetBeans 8 and JDK 8 download is also available.

You can find links to lots of Java 8 related content (as well as other items of interest to Java/JVM developers) in the March issue of the Java Developer Newsletter, which just came out.

Meanwhile, the jaxenter team has announced that JAX Magazine goes Java 8 crazy this March. The issue will be focused almost entirely on Java 8 and the adaptations widely used platforms are making in response.

A search for "Java 8" at returns plenty more interesting content, including a JavaWorld article about a survey run by TypeSafe where 54% of developers said they plan to upgrade to Java 8 within a year of its release.

If you've been too busy to follow Java 8 developments closely, attending next Tuesday's Java 8 Launch Webcast will be a great way to get you started.

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