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Oracle is dragging its feet again on Java

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June 1, 2017

It's now clear to the IT community that Oracle has been very slow on everything that concerns Java and its latest actions confirm that.

Today, Oracle has asked for more time to sort out Java 9 in light of the community's rejection of the proposed Java Platform Module System. Some in the industry aren't surprised.

The chief architect of Oracle's Java Platform Group, Mark Reinhold, has hit the openjdk mailing list to address the vote against JPMS (JSR 376, dubbed Jigsaw) due to land with JDK 9.

Reinhold asserted-- “This vote does not mean that JSR 376 is dead, nor that Jigsaw has been rejected. It only means that the Executive Committee raised a number of concerns that it wanted the JSR 376 Expert Group to address.”

And address them it shall, within the rules that allow expert groups thirty days to offer a revised specification to send to a second Executive Committee vote.

That revision is due on or before June 26th, which is four days after the expected publication of Oracle's JDK 9's first release candidate.

With that timeline now delayed, Reinhold says the safe thing to do is move the date of the general release from July 27 to September 21, 2017.

This is the fourth significant delay to JDK 9, which was first proposed to ship on September 22, 2016, then suggested for March 23, 2017.

But in September of last year, Reinhold said the release had so many bugs it would be best to aim for June 22, 2017. It's getting 'long in the tooth' as some like to say.

Many of those technical issues were Jigsaw-related, but Reinhold writes that Jigsaw's problem code and conceptual issues both look to be almost behind it, as the dissenters who voted it down appear to be satisfied with some new code and additional clarifications about its workings.

But not everybody is convinced there won't be any additional delays. The Java community has until June 6 to make alternative suggestions, otherwise Reihnold's proposal might stick.

At the time of his writing, his comments have received no public feedback, suggesting September 21st will be the day. Unless something else goes haywire, again. We'll keep you in the loop.

Source: Oracle.


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