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Features | Milestones | Mailing Lists | JEPs | JDK 8 Project | Official Release |

This page is a collection of Articles for each feature in Java 8. The main working JSR for Java SE 8 is JSR-337.

Java 8 is now out (as of the 18th of March 2014) – here is the official announcement and the download page.

I will keep this page updated with new resources as they’re created (and as I find them).

To keep track of what’s going in with the next release – Java 9 – I have a page that I frequently update with new developments here:

>> THE JAVA 9 PAGE

Release Notes for JDK 8:

Note: If you have updates, new resources to include or spot any incorrect information, please feel free to contact me directly (eugen at this domain) or leave a comment below.

Features

Lambda

101 – Generalized Target-Type Inference (core/lang) (latest: January 2014)
107 – Bulk Data Operations for collections (core/libs) (latest: January 2018)
109 – Enhance Core Libraries with Lambda (core/libs)
126 – Lambda Expressions & Virtual Extension Methods (–/–) (latest: Jan 2015)
160 – Lambda-Form Representation for Method HGandles (–/–)
General Lambda Resources (latest: Februaryy 2018)

Language (core/lang)

104 – Annotations on Java Types (latest: February 2014)
105 – DocTree API
106 – Add Javadoc to javax.tools
117 – Remove the Annotation-Processing Tool (apt)
118 – Access to Parameter Names at Runtime
120 – Repeating Annotations
139 – Enhance javac to Improve Build Speed
172 – DocLint
182 – Policy for Retiring javac -source and -target Options (DROPPED)

Libraries (core/libs)

102 – Process API Updates
103 – Parallel Array Sorting (latest: August 2014)
108 – Collections Enhancements from Third-Party Libraries (DROPPED)
111 – Additional Unicode Constructs for Regular Expressions (DROPPED)
112 – Charset Implementation Improvements
119 – javax.lang.model Implementation Backed by Core Reflection
135 – Base64 Encoding & Decoding
149 – Reduce Core-Library Memory Usage
150 – Date & Time API (latest: March 2015)
151 – Compress Time-Zone Data
154 – Remove Serialization
155 – Concurrency Updates (latest: May 2015)
170 – JDBC 4.2
177 – Optimize java.text.DecimalFormat.format
178 – Statically-Linked JNI Libraries
180 – Handle Frequent HashMap Collisions with Balanced Trees

Networking (core/net)

110 – New HTTP Client (DROPPED)
125 – Network Interface Aliases, Events, and Defaults (DROPPED)
168 – Network Discovery of Manageable Java Processes
183 – HTTP Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (DROPPED)
184 – HTTP URL Permissions

Security (core/sec)

113 – MS-SFU Kerberos 5 Extensions
114 – TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) Extension
115 – AEAD CipherSuites
116 – Extended Validation Certificates
121 – Stronger Algorithms for Password-Based Encryption
123 – Configurable Secure Random-Number Generation
124 – Enhance the Certificate Revocation-Checking API
129 – NSA Suite B Cryptographic Algorithms
130 – SHA-224 Message Digests
131 – PKCS#11 Crypto Provider for 64-bit Windows
140 – Limited doPrivileged
152 – Crypto Operations with Network HSMs
166 – Overhaul JKS-JCEKS-PKCS12 Keystores
General Security Resources (latest: March 2014)

JVM – Garbage Collection (vm/gc)

122 – Remove the Permanent Generation
132 – More-prompt finalization (DROPPED)
134 – Intuitive Semantics for Nested Reference Objects (DROPPED)
141 – Increase the Client VM’s Default Heap Size (DROPPED)
144 – Reduce GC Latency for Large Heaps (DROPPED)
156 – G1 GC: Reduce need for full GCs (DROPPED)
157 – G1 GC: NUMA-Aware Allocation (DROPPED)
163 – Enable NUMA Mode by Default When Appropriate
173 – Retire Some Rarely-Used GC Combinations
General Gargage Collection Resources

JVM – Real Time (vm/rt)

136 – Enhanced Verification Errors
143 – Improve Contended Locking (DROPPED)
147 – Reduce Class Metadata Footprint
148 – Small VM
171 – Fence Intrinsics
181 – Align JVM Checks with Java Language Rules for Nested Classes (DROPPED)

JVM (vm/–)

142 – Reduce Cache Contention on Specified Fields
145 – Cache Compiled Code (DROPPED)
146 – Improve Fatal Error Logs (DROPPED)
169 – Value Objects (DROPPED)

Core (–/–)

138 – Autoconf-Based Build System
161 – Compact Profiles
162 – Prepare for Modularization
164 – Leverage CPU Instructions for AES Cryptography
174 – Nashorn JavaScript Engine (latest: Oct 2014)
175 – PowerPC/AIX Port
176 – Mechanical Checking of Caller-Sensitive Methods
179 – Document JDK API Support and Stability

Other JEPs

127 – Improve Locale Data Packaging and Adopt Unicode CLDR Data (core/i18n)
128 – BCP 47 Locale Matching (core/i18n)
133 – Unicode 6.2 (core/i18n)
153 – Launch JavaFX Applications (core/–)
185 – JAXP 1.5: Restrict Fetching of External Resources (web/jaxp)

General Java 8 Resources

Java 8 Installation and IDE Support (latest: Oct 2015)
Other Official/Oracle Java 8 Resources
Other General Java 8 Resources (latest: March 2018)

JEP Details

— Lambda —

101 – Generalized Target-Type Inference

JEP | Mailing List | JSR

Resources

107 – Bulk Data Operations for Collections

JEP | Mailing List | Project | JSR

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

— 2014 —

— 2013 —

109 – Enhance Core Libraries with Lambda

JEP | Mailing List | JSR

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

126 – Lambda Expressions & Virtual Extension Methods

JEP | Mailing List | JSR | Project

Resources

160 – Lambda-Form Representation for Method Handles

JEP | Mailing List

General Lambda Resources

— 2014 —

— 2013 —

— Language (core/lang) —

104 – Annotations on Java Types

JEP | Mailing List | Project | JSR

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

105 – DocTree API

JEP | Mailing List

106 – Add Javadoc to javax.tools

JEP | Mailing List | JSR

117 – Remove the Annotation-Processing Tool (apt)

JEP | Mailing List | JSR

Resources

118 – Access to Parameter Names at Runtime

JEP | Mailing List | JSR

Resources

120 – Repeating Annotations

JEP | Mailing List | JSR | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

139 – Enhance javac to Improve Build Speed

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

172 – DocLint

JEP | Mailing List

Resources

182 – Policy for Retiring javac -source and -target Options (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

— Libraries (core/libs) —

102 – Process API Updates

JEP | Mailing List

103 – Parallel Array Sorting

JEP | Mailing List | JSR | JDK Bug

Resources

108 – Collections Enhancements from Third-Party Libraries (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

111 – Additional Unicode Constructs for Regular Expressions (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

112 – Charset Implementation Improvements

JEP | Mailing List

119 – javax.lang.model Implementation Backed by Core Reflection

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

135 – Base64 Encoding & Decoding

JEP | Mailing List

Resources

149 – Reduce Core-Library Memory Usage

JEP | Mailing List

150 – Date & Time API

JEP | Mailing List | Project | JSR

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

151 – Compress Time-Zone Data (Superseded by JEP 150)

JEP | Mailing List

154 – Remove Serialization (Withdrawn)

JEP | Mailing List

155 – Concurrency Updates

JEP | Mailing List | JSR

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

170 – JDBC 4.2

JEP | Mailing List | JSR, JSR

177 – Optimize java.text.DecimalFormat.format

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

178 – Statically-Linked JNI Libraries

JEP | Mailing List

Resources

180 – Handle Frequent HashMap Collisions with Balanced Trees

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

— Networking (core/net) —

125 – Network Interface Aliases, Events, and Defaults (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

168 – Network Discovery of Manageable Java Processes

JEP | Mailing List

183 – HTTP Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

184 – HTTP URL Permissions

JEP | Mailing List

— Security (core/sec) —

113 – MS-SFU Kerberos 5 Extensions

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

114 – TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) Extension

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

115 – AEAD CipherSuites

JEP | Mailing List

116 – Extended Validation Certificates

JEP | Mailing List

121 – Stronger Algorithms for Password-Based Encryption

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

123 – Configurable Secure Random-Number Generation

JEP | Mailing List

124 – Enhance the Certificate Revocation-Checking API

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

129 – NSA Suite B Cryptographic Algorithms

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

130 – SHA-224 Message Digests

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

131 – PKCS#11 Crypto Provider for 64-bit Windows

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

Oracle/Official Resources

140 – Limited doPrivileged

JEP | Mailing List | JDK Bug

152 – Crypto Operations with Network HSMs

JEP | Mailing List

166 – Overhaul JKS-JCEKS-PKCS12 Keystores

JEP | Mailing List

General Security Resources

Oracle/Official Security Resources

Security Resources

— JVM – Garbage Collection (vm/gc) —

122 – Remove the Permanent Generation

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

132 – More-prompt finalization (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

134 – Intuitive Semantics for Nested Reference Objects (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

141 – Increase the Client VM’s Default Heap Size (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

144 – Reduce GC Latency for Large Heaps (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

Resources

156 – G1 GC: Reduce need for full GCs (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

157 – G1 GC: NUMA-Aware Allocation (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

163 – Enable NUMA Mode by Default When Appropriate

JEP | Mailing List

173 – Retire Some Rarely-Used GC Combinations

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

General Garbage Collection Resources

— JVM – Real Time (vm/rt) —

136 – Enhanced Verification Errors

JEP | Mailing List

143 – Improve Contended Locking (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

147 – Reduce Class Metadata Footprint

JEP | Mailing List

148 – Small VM

JEP | Mailing List

171 – Fence Intrinsics

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

181 – Align JVM Checks with Java Language Rules for Nested Classes (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

— JVM (vm/–) —

142 – Reduce Cache Contention on Specified Fields

JEP | Mailing List

145 – Cache Compiled Code (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

Resources

146 – Improve Fatal Error Logs (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

169 – Value Objects (DROPPED)

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

— Core (–/–) —

138 – Autoconf-Based Build System

JEP | Mailing List

161 – Compact Profiles

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

162 – Prepare for Modularization

JEP | Mailing List | Project

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

164 – Leverage CPU Instructions for AES Cryptography

JEP | Mailing List

174 – Nashorn JavaScript Engine

JEP | Mailing List | JSR | Project

Oracle/Official Resources

Resources

175 – PowerPC/AIX Port

JEP | Mailing List | Project

Oracle/Official Resources

176 – Mechanical Checking of Caller-Sensitive Methods

JEP | Mailing List

179 – Document JDK API Support and Stability

JEP | Mailing List

— Other JEPs —

127 – Improve Locale Data Packaging and Adopt Unicode CLDR Data (core/i18n)

JEP | Mailing List

128 – BCP 47 Locale Matching (core/i18n)

JEP | Mailing List

133 – Unicode 6.2 (core/i18n)

JEP | Mailing List

Oracle/Official Resources

153 – Launch JavaFX Applications (core/–)

JEP | Mailing List

185 – JAXP 1.5: Restrict Fetching of External Resources (web/jaxp)

JEP | Mailing List | JSR

Oracle/Official Resources

General Java 8 Resources

Java 8 Installation and IDE Support

Other Official/Oracle Java 8 Resources

Other Semi-Official Oracle Java 8 Resources

Other General Java 8 Resources

— 2014 —

— 2013 —

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nice post and informative.

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Great collection of guides, Thanks.

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