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Release notes | Specification | JEPs
JEP Name Category Summary
135 Base64 Encoding & Decoding
Define a standard API for Base64 encoding and decoding.
101 Generalized Target-Type Inference
Smoothly expand the scope of method type-inference to support (i) inference in method context and (ii) inference in chained calls.
103 Parallel Array Sorting
Add additional utility methods to java.util.Arrays that use the JSR 166 Fork/Join parallelism common pool to provide sorting of arrays in parallel.
104 Type Annotations
Extend the set of annotatable locations in the syntax of the Java programming language to include names which indicate the use of a type as well as (per Java SE 5.0) the declaration of a type.
105 DocTree API
Extend the Compiler Tree API to provide structured access to the content of javadoc comments.
106 Add Javadoc to javax.tools
Extend the javax.tools API to provide access to javadoc.
107 Bulk Data Operations for Collections
Add functionality to the Java Collections Framework for bulk operations upon data. This is commonly referenced as "filter/map/reduce for Java." The bulk data operations include both serial (on the calling thread) and parallel (using many threads) versions of the operations. Operations upon data are generally expressed as lambda functions.
109 Enhance Core Libraries with Lambda
Enhance the Java core library APIs using the new lambda language feature to improve the usability and convenience of the library.
112 Charset Implementation Improvements
Improve the maintainability and performance of the standard and extended charset implementations.
113 MS-SFU Kerberos 5 Extensions
Add the MS-SFU extensions to the JDK's Kerberos 5 implementation.
114 TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) Extension
Add support for the TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) Extension to allow more flexible secure virtual hosting and virtual-machine infrastructure based on SSL/TLS protocols.
115 AEAD CipherSuites
Support the AEAD/GCM cipher suites defined by SP-800-380D, RFC 5116, RFC 5246, RFC 5288, RFC 5289 and RFC 5430.
118 Access to Parameter Names at Runtime
Provide a mechanism to easily and reliably retrieve the parameter names of methods and constructors at runtime via core reflection.
119 javax.lang.model Implementation Backed by Core Reflection
Provide an implementation of the javax.lang.model.* API backed by core reflection rather than by javac. In other words, provide an alternate API to access and process the reflective information about loaded classes provided by core reflection.
120 Repeating Annotations
Change the Java programming language to allow multiple application of annotations with the same type to a single program element.
121 Stronger Algorithms for Password-Based Encryption
Provide stronger Password-Based-Encryption (PBE) algorithm implementations in the SunJCE provider.
123 Configurable Secure Random-Number Generation
Enhance the API for secure random-number generation so that it can be configured to operate within specified quality and responsiveness constraints.
124 Enhance the Certificate Revocation-Checking API
Improve the certificate revocation-checking API to support best-effort checking, end-entity certificate checking, and mechanism-specific options and parameters.
126 Lambda Expressions & Virtual Extension Methods
Add lambda expressions (closures) and supporting features, including method references, enhanced type inference, and virtual extension methods, to the Java programming language and platform.
127 Improve Locale Data Packaging and Adopt Unicode CLDR Data
Create a tool to convert LDML (Locale Data Markup Language) files into a format usable directly by the runtime library, define a way to package the results into modules, and then use these to incorporate the de-facto standard locale data published by the Unicode Consortium's CLDR project into the JDK.
128 Unicode BCP 47 Locale Matching
Define APIs so that applications that use BCP 47 language tags (see RFC 5646) can match them to a user's language preferences in a way that conforms to RFC 4647.
129 NSA Suite B Cryptographic Algorithms
Provide implementations of the cryptographic algorithms required by NSA Suite B.
130 SHA-224 Message Digests
Implement the SHA-224 message-digest algorithm and related algorithms.
131 PKCS#11 Crypto Provider for 64-bit Windows
Include the SunPKCS11 provider in the JDK for 64-bit Windows.
133 Unicode 6.2
Extend existing platform APIs to support version 6.2 of the Unicode Standard.
117 Remove the Annotation-Processing Tool (apt)
Pruning
Remove the apt tool, associated API, and documentation from the JDK.
122 Remove the Permanent Generation
Pruning
Remove the permanent generation from the Hotspot JVM and thus the need to tune the size of the permanent generation.
136 Enhanced Verification Errors
Provide additional contextual information about bytecode-verification errors to ease diagnosis of bytecode or stackmap deficiencies in the field.
138 Autoconf-Based Build System
Introduce autoconf (./configure-style) build setup, refactor the Makefiles to remove recursion, and leverage JEP 139: Enhance javac to Improve Build Speed.
139 Enhance javac to Improve Build Speed
Reduce the time required to build the JDK and enable incremental builds by modifying the Java compiler to run on all available cores in a single persistent process, track package and class dependences between builds, automatically generate header files for native methods, and clean up class and header files that are no longer needed.
140 Limited doPrivileged
Enable code to assert a subset of its privileges without otherwise preventing the full access-control stack walk to check for other permissions.
142 Reduce Cache Contention on Specified Fields
Define a way to specify that one or more fields in an object are likely to be highly contended across processor cores so that the VM can arrange for them not to share cache lines with other fields, or other objects, that are likely to be independently accessed.
147 Reduce Class Metadata Footprint
Reduce HotSpot's class metadata memory footprint in order to improve performance on small devices.
148 Small VM
Support the creation of a small VM that is no larger than 3MB.
149 Reduce Core-Library Memory Usage
Reduce the dynamic memory used by core-library classes without adversely impacting performance.
150 Date & Time API
Define a new date, time, and calendar API for the Java SE platform.
153 Launch JavaFX Applications
Enhance the java command-line launcher to launch JavaFX applications.
155 Concurrency Updates
Scalable updatable variables, cache-oriented enhancements to the ConcurrentHashMap API, ForkJoinPool improvements, and additional Lock and Future classes.
156 G1 GC: Reduce need for full GCs
Enhance G1 so that it does not rely on full GCs to perform class unloading or any other critical operations.
160 Lambda-Form Representation for Method Handles
Improve the implementation of method handles by replacing assembly language paths with an optimizable intermediate representation and then refactoring the implementation so that more work is done in portable Java code than is hardwired into the JVM.
161 Compact Profiles
Define a few subset Profiles of the Java SE Platform Specification so that applications that do not require the entire Platform can be deployed and run on small devices.
162 Prepare for Modularization
Undertake changes to smooth the eventual transition to modules in a future release, provide new tools to help developers prepare for the modular platform, and deprecate certain APIs that are a significant impediment to modularization.
164 Leverage CPU Instructions for AES Cryptography
Improve the out-of-box AES Crypto performance by using x86 AES instructions when available, and by avoiding unnecessary re-expansion of the AES key.
166 Overhaul JKS-JCEKS-PKCS12 Keystores
Facilitate migrating data from JKS and JCEKS keystores by adding equivalent support to the PKCS#12 keystore. Enhance the KeyStore API to support new features such as entry metadata and logical views spanning several keystores. Enable the strong crypto algorithms introduced in JEP-121 to be used to protect keystore entries.
168 Network Discovery of Manageable Java Processes
Define a lightweight network protocol for discovering running and manageable Java processes within a network subnet.
170 JDBC 4.2
Minor enhancements to JDBC to improve usability and portability
171 Fence Intrinsics
Add three memory-ordering intrinsics to the sun.misc.Unsafe class.
172 DocLint
Provide a means to detect errors in Javadoc comments early in the development cycle and in a way that is easily linked back to the source code.
173 Retire Some Rarely-Used GC Combinations
Remove three rarely-used combinations of garbage collectors in order to reduce ongoing development, maintenance, and testing costs.
174 Nashorn JavaScript Engine
Design and implement a new lightweight, high-performance implementation of JavaScript, and integrate it into the JDK. The new engine will be made available to Java applications via the existing javax.script API, and also more generally via a new command-line tool.
175 PowerPC/AIX Port
Add Linux/PowerPC64 and AIX/PowerPC64 to the set of supported OpenJDK platforms.
176 Mechanical Checking of Caller-Sensitive Methods
Improve the security of the JDK's method-handle implementation by replacing the existing hand-maintained list of caller-sensitive methods with a mechanism that accurately identifies such methods and allows their callers to be discovered reliably.
177 Optimize java.text.DecimalFormat.format
Optimize java.text.DecimalFormat.format by taking advantage of numerical properties of integer and floating-point arithmetic to accelerate cases with two or three digits after the decimal point.
178 Statically-Linked JNI Libraries
Enhance the JNI specification to support statically linked native libraries.
179 Document JDK API Support and Stability
There is a long-standing shortcoming in the JDK in terms of clearly specifying the support and stability usage contract for com.sun.* types and other types shipped with the JDK that are outside of the Java SE specification. These contracts and potential evolution policies should be clearly captured both in the source code of the types and in the resulting class files. This information can be modeled with JDK-specific annotation types.
180 Handle Frequent HashMap Collisions with Balanced Trees
Improve the performance of java.util.HashMap under high hash-collision conditions by using balanced trees rather than linked lists to store map entries. Implement the same improvement in the LinkedHashMap class.
184 HTTP URL Permissions
Define a new type of network permission which grants access in terms of URLs rather than low-level IP addresses.
185 Restrict Fetching of External XML Resources
Enhance the JAXP APIs to add the ability to restrict the set of network protocols that may be used to fetch external resources.
192 String Deduplication in G1
Reduce the Java heap live-data set by enhancing the G1 garbage collector so that duplicate instances of String are automatically and continuously deduplicated.
195 Scalable Native Memory Tracking
Improve the scalability of native memory tracking.
196 Nashorn Optimistic Typing
Improve Nashorn performance by making assumptions about specific types used in arithmetic and array indexing operations, by being prepared to recover when those assumptions prove incorrect, and by improving the HotSpot JVM's ability to optimize non-Java bytecode.
202 Nashorn Class Filter
Provide fine-grained control over access to Java classes from JavaScript code.
203 Nashorn: Lexically-Scoped Variable & Constant Declarations
Implement the lexically-scoped variable (let) and constant (const) declarations of the forthcoming ECMAScript 6 specification.
204 JavaFX Accessibility
Enhance existing JavaFX controls to support assistive technologies and provide a public API so that developers can write their own accessible controls.
205 New Controls for JavaFX
Add a spinner control, a formatted-text control, and a standard set of alert dialogs to JavaFX.
206 Modernize the JavaFX Media Stack on Mac OS X
Port the JavaFX media stack on Mac OS X from QTKit and Quicktime, which have been deprecated, to the newer AVFoundation framework.
207 Leverage CPU Instructions to Improve SHA Performance on SPARC
Improve SHA secure-hashing performance by adding C2 intrinsics for SPARC processors that have SHA instructions.
208 Java Packager Improvements
Provide additional features and bundlers and an improved native-platform experience in the Java Application Packager.
209 JavaFX Scene Builder Update
Update Scene Builder (SB) to support the new JavaFX features introduced in the 8u40 release and also address the most critical limitations of the SB 2.0 release, in particular the handling of FXML references. No significant new features will be added.
210 LambdaForm Reduction and Caching
Reduce LambdaForm creation and use caching to improve the performance of dynamic languages.
239 Update JavaFX/WebView to Newer Version of WebKit
Update the JavaFX WebView component to use the latest version of WebKit.
242 JVM Trace Events for Failed Allocations
Add trace events to expose information about threads that trigger garbage-collection operations and threads that are waiting for such operations to complete.