Oracle has announced the availability of Java 19, the latest version of the programming language and development platform. Java 19 (Oracle JDK 19) delivers thousands of performance, stability, and security improvements, including enhancements to the platform that will help developers improve productivity and drive business-wide innovation.
“Our ongoing collaboration with the developer community is the lifeblood of Java. As the steward of Java, Oracle is steadfastly committed to providing developers and enterprises with the latest tools to help them create innovative apps and services,” said Georges Saab, senior vice president of development, Java Platform and Chair, OpenJDK Governing Board, Oracle. “The powerful new enhancements in Java 19 are a testament to the monumental work across the global Java community.”
Prasad Subramanian, Senior Software Development Director, Oracle India said “In the developer world, Java has created a unique position and a legacy for itself. Introduced in 1996, Java still remains synonymous with innovation and has time and again helped revolutionize the world with its usage including remotely controlling the Mars Rover in 2004. Given its importance to the global as well as the Indian developer community, we are constantly ensuring that we make Java much more useful, reliable and advanced to empower the developers with its many uses.” He added “The announcement of Java 19 fulfills that promise as we aim to provide a platform that will help developers drive innovation, have much more stability and also increase their overall productivity.”
The latest Java Development Kit (JDK) provides updates and improvements with seven JDK Enhancement Proposals (JEPs). Most of these updates are to be delivered as follow-up preview features improving on functionality introduced in earlier releases.
JDK 19 delivers language Improvements from OpenJDK project Amber (Record Patterns and Pattern Matching for Switch); library enhancements to interoperate with non-Java Code (Foreign Function and Memory API) and to leverage vector instructions (Vector API) from OpenJDK project Panama; and the first previews for Project Loom (Virtual Threads and Structured Concurrency), which will drastically reduce the effort required to write and maintain high-throughput, concurrent applications in Java.
“Java developers are increasingly seeking tools to help them efficiently build highly functional applications for deployment in the cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid environments,” said Arnal Dayaratna, research vice president, software development, IDC. “The enhancements in Java 19 deliver on these requirements and illustrate how the Java ecosystem is well-positioned to meet the current and future needs of developers and enterprises.”
Oracle delivers new Java Feature releases every six months via a predictable release schedule. This cadence provides a steady stream of innovations while delivering continuous improvements to the platform’s performance, stability, and security, helping increase Java’s pervasiveness across organizations and industries of all sizes.
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