Evolving the Java Language

Posted in Conferences, Development on April 25, 2009

Evolving the Java Language


Just as the Java language was extended in Java 5 to add generics, enumerations, and other features, a number of new language features are being developed for JDK7.

We examine the changes and their interactions, how they are conditioned by preexisting language design choices, and discuss how they influence the way APIs are designed.

  • superpackages
  • closures
  • annotations on types
  • type inference
  • exception handling
  • self types

Neal Gafter is a software engineer and Java evangelist at Google. Previously, at Sun Microsystems, he designed and implemented the Java language features in releases 1.4 through 5.0. and led the development of C and C++ compilers at Sun Microsystems, Microtec Research, and Texas Instruments. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Rochester.

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