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The road to Java 9: Only critical bugs getting fixed now

With the initial release candidate build for Java 9 now published, Oracle has proposed that from here on out, only “showstopperrdquo; bugs be fixed for the production Java 9 release, which is due September 21.The proposal floated this week represents a further tightening up of bug-fixing goals for RDP (Rampdown Phase) 2 of the Java upgrade.

The plan calls for fixing all P1 (Priority 1) bugs critical to the success of Java Development Kit (JDK) 9.

Also, builders would decommit from fixing any bugs not new in JDK 9 and not critical to the release, even if they had been targeted for fixing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The road to Java 9: The current status

Java 9 Standard Edition should bring big benefits to developersmdash;as soon as it actually arrives, now slated for September 21.The planned update to the popular enterprise language and platform is set to offer a world of new capabilities.

Among these are modularity, an experimental version of ahead-of-time compilation, and a REPL (read-eval-print-loop).[ The big 4 Java IDEs reviewed: See how Eclipse, NetBeans, JDeveloper, and IntelliJ IDEA stack up. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Proposal: Fixes to most Java 9 bugs are on hold [ADDED June 23, 2017] With the initial release candidate build for Java 9 now published, Oracle has proposed that from here on out, only “showstopperrdquo; bugs be fixed for the production Java 9 release, which is due September 21.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BrandPost: NVM Express Has Transformed Fast Storage in the Cloud –...

If we go back to 2009, the work to define NVM Express (NVMe) had just begun, and around that same time, Microsoft Azure made its first major purchase of Serial ATA (SATA) based solid-state drives (SSDs) to help accelerate its storage servers by offloading the storage commit log. Microsoft knew that non-volatile memory (e.g, NAND Flash) would become very important for cloud computing, although it was still very expensive and restricted to use in limited applications.
It was also clear to Microsoft that the SATA interface would be unsuitable to handle the performance of future high performance SSDs.In 2011, as NVM Express had just had its first revision published, a competing standards proposal came on the scene called SCSI Express.
SCSI Express was designed to use the traditional SCSI command set (including three decades of legacy infrastructure for hard drives) on top of the PCI Express interface. Looking at the technical merits, there was consensus in the Microsoft Windows and Azure teams that NVMe was the better interface definition for NAND Flash and to scale to future NVM technologies (e.g., 3D XPointtrade; Technology, MRAM, etc). Microsoft worried that competing standards would lead to many headaches in the market, and thus, Microsoft Azure decided at the time to support the NVMe standard and collaborate with other industry leaders promoting NVMe including Cisco, Dell, Intel, Micron, Microsemi, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung, Seagate, WD to avoid bifurcation of the market by investing in NVMe to ensure it met the needs of the Cloud.
In this article, we will describe the journey of the past five years, where today NVMe is the predominant SSD interface used by Microsoft Azure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

JVM may get upgrade to support today’s multicore processors

Oracle is proposing an update to the Java Virtual Machine to allow for direct-value class types, a modernization required by the advent of multicore processors. There is no schedule for when the changes might appear in the JVM.The changes to the JVM specification would support a prototype of value classes—classes for which primitive-like non-reference value instances can be created and acted upon. “The proposals for value types in Java are about giving developers the alternative to give up identity and polymorphism so that the runtime can represent the underlying data in a way which is both far more compact and much better suited for processing in bulk operations,” said Georges Saab, Oracle’s vice president of software development in the Java platform group.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

eProseed Migrates Aljomaih’s IT Systems to Oracle SuperCluster

Aljomaih Holding Company, one of the top 10 investment groups in Saudi Arabia, called upon eProseed's expertise to assist in the migration of its Oracle E-Business Suite environment to Oracle SuperCluster, the most secure and powerful platform for Orac...

Oracle Brings Machine Learning to its CASB Service

Machine learning is a next step for cloud systems, as Oracle integrates new capabilities into its CASB offering to discern and leverage user behavior.

The state of Java 9

Java 9 Standard Edition should bring big benefits to developersmdash;as soon as it actually arrives.The planned update to the popular enterprise language and platform is set to offer a world of new capabilities.

Among these are modularity, an experimental version of ahead-of-time compilation, and a REPL (read-eval-print-loop).

But the release keeps getting stalled by the major overhaul required for modularization.[ The big 4 Java IDEs reviewed: See how Eclipse, NetBeans, JDeveloper, and IntelliJ IDEA stack up. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Already delayed several times before (it was set to arrive in September 2016 at one point), the upgrade is now due as Java Development Kit 9 in September 2017.

The release has been mired in disagreements pitting Java steward Oracle against major Java participants such as Red Hat and IBM over whether modularization is on the right track.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Java 9 delayed due to modularity controversy

Java 9 wonrsquo;t be released on July 27 after all.Oracle has proposed that Java 9 Standard Edition be delayed until September so the open source community that is finalizing Java 9 can address the ongoing controversy over a planned but later rejected approach to modularity, said Georges Saab, vice president of software development in the Java platform group at Oracle and chairman of the OpenJDK governing board.[ The big 4 Java IDEs reviewed: See how Eclipse, NetBeans, JDeveloper, and IntelliJ IDEA stack up. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]The Java Platform Module System, a key capability of Java Development Kit 9 and the subject of Java Specification Request (JSR) 376, failed in a vote by the Java executive committee earlier this month.
IBM, Red Hat, and Twitter, among others, voted against the plan, because they believed it would be too disruptive to developers and would fragment the Java community.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Former ONS Census Budget Guru Appointed As CFO by Certus Solutions

James Ham has been appointed as the CFO of leading Oracle Platinum Partner Certus Solutions. James joins Certus from the Office for National Statistics, where he was Financial Controller and had previously held budget responsibility for the UK Census. ...

Support Revolution Reports Record Growth

Third party support provider growth driven by Oracle and SAP customers needing to save money on support and maintenanceUK, 22nd May 2017: Support Revolution, the UK-based provider of third party software support and maintenance for Oracle and SAP syste...

Oracle has a plan to make Java 9 migration easier

It will be easier to migrate code to the planned Java 9 release, due in late July, if the committee that managed Java approves a proposal just made by Oracle to better accommodate modularity, the key new feature in Java 9. Oracle made the proposal after getting strong opposition to its modularization plans from the Java communityIn a proposal floated Thursday, Mark Reinhold, Oraclersquo;s chief Java architect, said strong encapsulation of JDK-internal APIs has caused worries that code that works on JDK 8 will not work on JDK 9 and that no advance warning of this was given in JDK 8. “To help the entire ecosystem migrate to the modular Java platform at a more relaxed pace, I hereby propose to allow illegal reflective access from code on the class path by default in JDK 9, and to disallow it in a future release,” he said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Oracle’s Java chief debunks ‘misconceptionsrsquo; about Java 9

Looking to stave off criticism of the now-jeopardized Java 9 release, Oraclersquo;s top Java official defended the platform against what he termed falsehoods around its accommodations for Apache Maven, third-party frameworks, and existing code.“There seem to be many misconceptions out in the world about what Java 9 is, what the Jigsaw module system is, how itrsquo;s going to impact people,” said Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle, at the Devoxx UK conference in London last week.

Today in an online post, he addressed what he sees as the three biggest misconceptions around Java 9.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here