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Java 18 Is Here: What’s New In It?

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Guests: Georges Saab (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Manish Gupta (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Company: Oracle (Twitter)
Show: Let’s Talk
Keyword: Java

Oracle recently announced the availability of Java 18, which comes with a variety of new features aimed to make improvements to the Java language so that it is easier for developers to manage.

In this episode of TFiR Let’s Talk, Swapnil Bhartiya sat down with Georges Saab, VP Development, Java Platform Group at Oracle and Manish Gupta, VP Marketing, Java and GraalVM at Oracle, to discuss Java’s latest release and how Java is still prevalent in wide variety of industries, supporting them as they navigate the move to cloud and its associated complexities. Saab says, “As people have effectively moved from the data center to the cloud, Java has been right there for them and has been something that’s been useful and helpful.”

Key takeaways from this video interview are:

  • A recent study by Java with a third-party partner looked at 14 different trends such as microservices, data data, and cloud native development. The results found that Java was ranked as number one in most of the trends.
  • Java continues to focus its attention on the edge and is popular in embedded devices. It has approximately 56 billion Java Virtual Machines, with between 60-65% of those cloud based. Many of these virtual machines run IoT devices at the edge.
  • Java remains prevalent in the automotive industry, not only in terms of the operation aspect but also in things like entertainment systems. Java is used across multiple use cases in the electric vehicle industry.
  • Java 18 brings an improvement for the core libraries in their interaction with native code. New features include updates to the vector API and foreign function API. There is also a new simple web server, which intends to be used more for educational purposes than production. It aims to help developers get started.
  • Java’s six-month release cadence aims to bring in new capabilities whether in terms of new features, performance or stability enhancements. The releases aim to build on the innovation with an evolutionary approach.
  • Security continues to play an important role in Java’s development and is taken into account for every new feature that is developed. The long-term support releases, which are updated four times a year, aim to help deliver a steady stream of security fixes. Java also provides interim updates for its customers wherever they see major issues in the marketplace to help provide support.
  • Java is bringing back its JavaOne conference, which is due to take place October 16-20th in Las Vegas. The conference aims to bring together the Java community to discuss the latest innovation in Java. There will be hands-on labs and training sessions on the development platform, frameworks and applications.
  • Java management service aims to give customers visibility on their deployments, whether on-premises, clouds, or hybrid. It also works to provide insight on gaps in security, government or performance. With some customers running hundreds or thousands of Java applications, managing them can be a complex issue. Java intends to bring it to the marketplace over time.

About Georges Saab: Georges has been at oracle for over 13 years and is currently the VP of Development for the Java platform group. He has over 30 years experience developing and leading teams working on advanced computer language design, specification, and implementation

About Manish Gupta: At Oracle, Manish is responsible for the global marketing of Java and GraalVM. He has been recognized for scaling public and private businesses and growing significant enterprise value over the past 25 years through strategic planning, positioning/messaging, product portfolio management, and demand generation.

About Oracle: Oracle is a computer technology corporation best known for its software products and services like Java. Through the company’s four main business segments—cloud and license, hardware, and services—Oracle sells its cloud-engineering services and systems and database management systems.

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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