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Java 10: Oracle Picks up the Pace with new Six-Month Release Cycle

By Dick Weisinger

Java 10 is here.  But if you are still running on versions 6,7 or 8, you may not be alone.  Do you even remember Java 9 being released?

After a number of years of few upgrades or progress with Java and a list of vulnerabilities and security problems, over the last year there has been a burst of activity.  Java is now on track for much more frequent releases, as frequent as every six months.  But with the new fast release cycle, Oracle may have moved from one extreme to the other. Software upgrades take time and are often postponed because of their expense.

 Sharat Chander, Director of Java SE Product Management, wrote that “in 2017, Oracle and the Java community announced its intentions to shift to a new six-month cadence for Java meant to reduce the latency between major releases. This release model takes inspiration from the release models used by other platforms and by various operating-system distributions addressing the modern application development landscape. The pace of innovation is happening at an ever-increasing rate and this new release model will allow developers to leverage new features in production as soon as possible.”

When installing Java we’re reminded that more than one billion devices use Java. More frequent releases means that many devices will be left behind running older versions of the software, versions that will at some point be dropped from support — Java 6 support is ending later this year…

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