Nashorn Project Proposed for OpenJDK (Planned for Inclusion in Java 8)
During a JavaOne 2012 keynote, I scribbled down a list of key enhancements that are planned for inclusion in Java 8. Among them was Nashorn. At the time, I didn't know much about Nashorn. But, now that John Coomes has formally proposed the creation of an OpenJDK New Project: Nashorn, it seems appropriate to take a closer look.
Nashorn has sufficient visibility to have a brief Wikipedia entry, and we've been highlighting Nashorn news on Java.net recently, including Geertjan Wielenga's NetBeans experiments with Embedded Nashorn in JEditorPane.
But, as you read this, you may be (like I was at JavaOne) wondering exactly what this "Nashorn" is. Wikipedia's overview is:
But there's much more. Here's a relevant snippet:
You can learn more about Nashorn in Jim Laskey's presentation Adventures in JSR 292 (Nashorn).