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Features are listed in order, more or less, from lowest to highest in the overall JDK  software stack.

Features that were once planned for JDK 7 but later deferred to JDK 8 or a later release are listed at the bottom of this page.

Virtual machine
JSR 292: Support for dynamically-typed languages (InvokeDynamic)
Extensions to the JVM, the Java language, and the Java SE API to support the implementation of dynamically-typed languages at performance levels near to that of the Java language itself
Lead: John Rose
Milestone target: M3
Strict class-file checking
As specified in JSR 202, which was part of Java SE 6, and in the recently-approved maintenance revision of JSR 924, class files of version 51 (SE 7) or later must be verified with the typechecking verifier; the VM must not fail over to the old inferencing verifier.
Lead: Karen Kinnear
Milestone target: M9
JSR 334: Small language enhancements (Project Coin)
A set of small language changes intended to simplify common, day-to-day programming tasks: Strings in switch statements, try-with-resources statements, improved type inference for generic instance creation ("diamond"), simplified varargs method invocation, better integral literals, and improved exception handling (multi-catch)
Lead: Joe Darcy
Spec: JSR 334
Milestone target: M11
Upgrade class-loader architecture
Modifications to the ClassLoader API and implementation to avoid deadlocks in non-hierarchical class-loader topologies
Lead: Karen Kinnear
Links: summary
Milestone target: M3
Method to close a URLClassLoader
A method that frees the underlying resources, such as open files, held by a URLClassLoader
Links: summary
Milestone target: M2
Concurrency and collections updates (jsr166y)
A lightweight fork/join framework, flexible and reusable synchronization barriers, transfer queues, concurrent linked double-ended queues, and thread-local pseudo-random number generators
Lead: Doug Lea
Milestone target: M5
Unicode 6.0
Upgrade the supported version of Unicode to 6.0
Lead: Yuka Kamiya
Milestone target: M11
Separate user locale and user-interface locale
Upgrade the handling of locales to separate formatting locales from user-interface language locales
Milestone target: M11
I/O and Networking
JSR 203: More new I/O APIs for the Java platform (NIO.2)
New APIs for filesystem access, scalable asynchronous I/O operations, socket-channel binding and configuration, and multicast datagrams
Spec: JSR 203
Milestone target: M2
NIO.2 filesystem provider for zip/jar archives
A fully-functional and supported NIO.2 filesystem provider for zip and jar files
Milestone target: M11
SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol)
An implementation-specific API for the Stream Control Transmission Protocol on Solaris
Milestone target: M3
SDP (Sockets Direct Protocol)
Implementation-specific support for reliable, high-performance network streams over Infiniband connections on Solaris and Linux
Milestone target: M3
Use the Windows Vista IPv6 stack
Upgrade the networking code to use the Windows Vista IPv6 stack, when available, in preference to the legacy Windows stack
Milestone target: M1
TLS 1.2
Add support for Transport Layer Security version 1.2 (RFC 5246)
Milestone target: M11
Security & Cryptography
Elliptic-curve cryptography (ECC)
A portable implementation of the standard Elliptic Curve Cryptographic (ECC) algorithms, so that all Java applications can use ECC out-of-the-box
Lead: Vincent Ryan
Milestone target: M5
Database Connectivity
JDBC 4.1
Upgrade to JDBC 4.1 and Rowset 1.1
Lead: Lance Andersen
Milestone target: M11
XRender pipeline for Java 2D
A new Java2D graphics pipeline based upon the X11 XRender extension, which provides access to much of the functionality of modern GPUs
Milestone target: M9
Create new platform APIs for 6u10 graphics features
Create new platform APIs for features originally implemented in the 6u10 release: Translucent and shaped windows, and heavyweight/lightweight component mixing
Lead: Anthony Petrov
Milestone target: M3
Nimbus look-and-feel for Swing
A next-generation cross-platform look-and-feel for Swing
Lead: Jasper Potts; team:Richard Bair, Peter Zhelezniakov
Milestone target: M3
Swing JLayer component
Add the SwingLabs JXLayer component decorator to the platform
Milestone target: M5
Gervill sound synthesizer
Drop the old, proprietary, encumbered sound synthesizer in favor of Gervill, a synthesizer created as a proposal for the Audio Synthesis Engine Project
Lead: Karl Helgason
Milestone target: M1
Update the XML stack
Upgrade the components of the XML stack to the most recent stable versions: JAXP 1.4, JAXB 2.2a, and JAX-WS 2.2
Lead: Joe Wang
Spec: Corresponding maintenance reviews of JSR 206 (JAXP), JSR 222 (JAXB), and JSR 224 (JAX-WS)
Milestone target: M12
Enhanced MBeans
Enhancements to the existing com.sun.management MBeans to report the recent CPU load of the whole system, the CPU load of the JVM process, and to send JMX notifications when GC events occur (this feature previously included an enhanced JMX Agent, but that was dropped due to lack of time)
Lead: Frederic Parain
Milestone target: M13
Deferred to JDK 8 or later
JSR 294: Language and VM support for modular programming
Enhancements to the Java language and virtual-machine specifications to support modular programming, at both compile time and run time
Spec: JSR 294
JSR 308: Annotations on Java types
An extension to the Java annotation syntax to permit annotations on any occurrence of a type
Spec: JSR 308
JSR TBD: Language support for collections
Literal expressions for immutable lists, sets, and maps, and indexing-access syntax for lists and maps
Lead: Joe Darcy
JSR TBD: Project Lambda
Lambda expressions (informally, "closures") and defender methods for the Java programming language
Modularization (Project Jigsaw)
A simple, low-level module system focused upon the goal of modularizing the JDK, and the application of that system to the JDK itself
JSR 296: Swing application framework
An API to define the basic structure of a typical Swing application, thereby eliminating lots of boilerplate code and providing a much-improved initial developer experience
Spec: JSR 296
Swing JDatePicker component
Add the SwingLabs JXDatePicker component to the platform
Last update: 2011/7/28 08:19 -0700
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