JDK17

Episode 98. It’s HERE, FINALLY HERE! Java 17 LTS Release

So is time to celebrate! We got a new box of toys with the new release of Java! This is also a Long-Term-Support release which means that’s usually a “good one” to jump into! Switch Expressions! Helpful Nullpointers, Sealed Classes… there is a TON that’s new

And we got the best Doctor in town to walk us through all of them. We’re of course talking about Stuart Marks! (AKA Dr. Deprecator). We cover most of the important features from 11 to 17 (there’s a ton that was left out, so keep following the links to know more!)

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Language Features

Pattern Matching for instanceof
https://docs.oracle.com/en/java/javase/16/language/pattern-matching-instanceof-operator.html

Switch Expressions
https://docs.oracle.com/en/java/javase/13/language/switch-expressions.html

Sealed Classes
https://docs.oracle.com/en/java/javase/15/language/sealed-classes-and-interfaces.html

Text Blocks
https://docs.oracle.com/en/java/javase/13/text_blocks/index.html

Debugging Features

Helpful NullPointerExceptions
https://www.baeldung.com/java-14-nullpointerexception

Performance Features

New Garbage Collectors (Shenandoah, ZGC)
https://blogs.oracle.com/javamagazine/post/understanding-the-jdks-new-superfast-garbage-collectors

Unix-Domain Socket Channels
https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/380

Deprecation & Platform evolution

Remove the Nashorn JavaScript Engine (Plug Graal!)
https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/372

Deprecate the Security Manager for Removal and Applets
https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/411

Strongly Encapsulate JDK Internals
https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/403

Warnings for Value-Based Classes
https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/390

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