A series of Java Enhancement Proposals (JEPs) has been published on OpenJDK concerning the next major update (Java 9). Previous rumors about Java 9 features haven’t had very much weight, nor particularly interesting new features, but this new feature list is packed with developer favorites that the community has been requesting for many years.
These features include:
- 1. A light-weight JSON API — which is a source of great speculation right now about how truly useful this feature will be (as proposed by the community process).
- 2. A HTTP 2 Client — for HTTP 2.0 and websockets.
- 3. Process API Improvements — to improve the API for controlling and managing OS processes.
- 4. Improved contended locking —for increasing performance between threads.
- 5. Segmented Code Cache — to improved execution time for complicated benchmarks.
- 6. Smart Java Compilation (Phase 2) [Phase 1] — Makes the sjavac tool available in the default JDK.
- 7. Modular Source Code — organizes JDK source code into modules.