Oracle has finally released the anticipated JDK 8, a production –ready implementation of the java SE 8 platform specification which was recently approved through the Java Community Process (JCP).
The release includes the largest upgrade to the java programming model since the platform was introduced in 1996. JDK 8 was developed collaboratively in the OpenJDK Community. The American multinational computer technology corporation also announced Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 which leverages the new java SE 8 features and is optimized for mid to high end embedded systems.
Java SE 8 roll out is as a result of industry-wide development incolving open-review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide java developer community via the OpenJDK Community and the JCP.
With now a consistent java 8 platform across embedded devices desktops, data centres and the cloud, customers can deploy applications faster, process and analyze in-flight data and act on events as quickly as they occur.
Java SE Embedded 8 allows developers to leverage the new three new compact profiles in Java SE 8 which are predefined subsets of the full java SE 8 API specification and allow for creation of smaller platforms for embedded devices. With this release, Java SE can now be deployed on embedded devices based using as little as 10 MB static footprint and 16 MB of RAM, 2-3 times smaller than Oracle Java SE Embedded 7.
Java ME 8 is scheduled for availability later this year having Java SE 8 and Java ME 8 on a strong convergence path. Java embedded implementations are designed to increase hardware flexibility and platform choice, allow easier application portability and help extend product lifecycles.
Developers interested in getting started immediately with the Java SE 8 release can download NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 8.0 which will allow them take advantage of the latest java features as well as enhanced support for HTML5.