June 28th, 2017

The road to Java 9: Modular Java finally gets OK’d

Java App Dev, Java Language, Java Platform, Open Source, others, Programing, by admin.

Modularity, a key but highly controversial feature of the upcoming Java 9 release, looks to be back on track with the Java community’s adoption of a proposal that had failed in an initial vote weeks earlier.

With new round of voting completed this week, the Java Community Process Executive Committee passed by a 24-0 vote the Java Platform Module System public review ballot, the subject of Java Specification Request 376.

In May, the same group, citing concerns over the plan being disruptive and lacking consensus, voted the measure down, 13 to 10. In the aftermath, Java Development Kit 9, where the module system was to be delivered, was postponed from July 27 to September 21.

Afterward, work proceeded to address the concerns. Companies such as IBM, which voted against the measure previously, sang a different tune this time around: “We see this release of JPMS as the strong foundation for a new Java SE platform architecture and expect to build upon this with feedback and experience from our customers and the community,” IBM said.

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