Author: Geertjan Wielenga

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Geertjan Wielenga

Geertjan is Senior Director of Open Source Projects at Azul and Apache NetBeans PMC Chair.

  • Preview of January 2021 OpenJDK Update Release

    On the Tuesday closest to the 17th day of January, April, July, and October under the normal Oracle Critical Patch Update schedule, a new quarterly OpenJDK update is made available.

    For the January 2021 update, set to be released next week, a preview is available from today on the foojay.io, on the frontpage, you’ll see a new button is available providing you access to the preview.

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  • Friends of OpenJDK Schedule at FOSDEM 2021

    Subject to change, here’s the schedule for FOSDEM 2021, which will be a virtual event this year on 6 and 7 February, for the Friends of OpenJDK devroom.

    It features a range of great speakers on a variety of interesting topics related to the daily usage of Java in the real world.

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  • Java Predictions for 2021

    To celebrate the world of Java and predict our highlights for 2021, several key Foojay participants have been sharing their thoughts and hopes over the past days on Foojay, starting with Frank Delporte, Foojay Community Manager for the Raspberry Pi, continuing with Jadon Ortlepp, Foojay Community Manager for Microservices, and now wrapping up with a list of brief predictions from a wide variety of other leading members of the Java community.

    “The release of the OpenJDK 17 implementation in 2021 (which will be the foundation of Oracle’s LTS version and other community members’ LTS versions) will motivate many who are already working on versions of the JDK later than JDK 8 to start moving or investigate moving to JDK 17. However, JDK 8 will remain widely popular (probably will still be used by over half of Java developers), creating (in the long term) a bimodal distribution of most commonly used JDK versions (8 and 17).”

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  • Friends of OpenJDK at FOSDEM 2021

    Over the last two years at FOSDEM—the free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate—one of the developer rooms has been focused on short presentations dealing with demos and overviews of free tools and editors.

    This year the room will be organized by Foojay. Organizations included in setting up the Foojay dev room, all active on Foojay.io in one way or another, are Azul, JFrog, Payara, and Snyk.

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  • Apple Silicon with Zulu OpenJDK and IntelliJ IDEA

    Azul has been leading the OpenJDK community effort (JEP 391) initiated in August 2020 to add support for Apple Silicon, Arm-based Macs, in future versions of OpenJDK.

    In addition to targeting future Java versions, such as Java 16 via JEP 391, Azul has made OpenJDK builds of currently popular Java versions, including Zulu builds of OpenJDK 8, 11, and 13, as well as 16-ea, widely available for use on Apple Silicon, Arm-based Macs.

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  • What’s New in Java 15?

    Now that Java 15 has been released, let’s take a look at what’s new!

    Here on foojay, the fixes that went into the release are listed, giving you a unique and readable changelog in helpful categories, with the invitation for you to vote on those that are most relevant to you.

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  • Redesigned Foojay Home

    The site you’re on, foojay.io, has had a bit of a facelift over the past week.

    Now you can see directly on the homepage all the key pieces that make up foojay, a place for friends of OpenJDK.

    Clearer now is its focus on the integrated services provided by Marc Hoffmann’s Java Version Almanac and Chris Newland’s JVM Options Explorer, supported by the OpenJDK Update Release Details, together with Foojay Today and the start of Foojay Pedia.

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  • Interview: Frank Delporte, Foojay Raspberry Pi Community Manager

    Today we’d like to introduce a new community manager for all things Raspberry Pi on foojay: Frank Delporte!

    He’s really curious about what’s already been created with Java on the Raspberry Pi and what we can all learn together from these experiences.

    You can contact him with a direct message on Twitter to discuss further and share articles for publication on foojay: https://twitter.com/frankdelporte.

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  • Interview: Java Command Line Switches

    We’re happy to announce that we’re hosting Chris Newland’s VMOptionsExplorer right here on foojay, providing all details per release on Java command line switches.

    It also shows a diff between the currently selected release and the previous release, showing a tab for the switches that have been added and those that have been removed.

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  • Interview: Java Version Almanac

    From this week, we’re happy to announce that we’re hosting Marc Hoffmann’s Java Version Almanac right here on foojay.

    It provides details per release on OpenJDK distributions, new features, and differences between APIs across releases.

    Let’s also meet Marc. Here’s a quick interview with him about the Java Version Almanac!

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  • Dashboard for OpenJDK Update Release Details

    The user’s perspective matters. There is a material difference between the importance and impact on Java deployments and the notion of what “priority” is for issues in the Java Bug System.

    The issue notes and material circulated on OpenJDK lists tend to center, for good reason, on the needs and concerns of developers who build and maintain OpenJDK. In fact, an inverse relationship often exists. Some of the most important and impactful items in OpenJDK updates in recent years were categorized as lower priority in the Java bug system.

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