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Tiger for 5, Mustang for 6, Dolphin for 7. What for 8?

Posted by kirillcool on July 3, 2005 at 10:13 AM PDT

We know that Tampa will host 2009 SuperBowl, Vancouver will host Olympic Games 2010 and London will host Wimbledon 2108 (unless the Antarctic ice melt sweeps British isles clean). But what about our own beloved Java Platform, Standard Edition?

So, I got to ask Sun people (Mark and Graham among them) if they already have the name for Java 8. After a short giggle, they said that they had one name in mind (without divulging it) and then asked me if i had one. They caught me off guard, but having done the homework (and looking on the list of the previous names), here is my short list of candidates.

  • Flamingo
  • Eagle
  • Falcon
  • Albatross
  • Kingfisher
  • Condor
  • Magnolia (well, not actually a bird, but can start a nice trend)

My personal favourite would be Eagle. And here is a short list of names Sun should stay away from:

  • Brazil - that will make me seriously consider going to MS
  • Elephant - for the memory footprint
  • Snail - for the performance

Also see this lively discussion on TSS thread.