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IBM Developer
April 2020
Hello, Java developers!
Java 14 was released on March 17. JDK 14 is "the open-source reference implementation of Version 14 of the Java SE Platform as specified by JSR 389 in the Java Community Process."

Java 14 boasts an impressive list of 16 JDK Enhancement Proposals (JEPs) -- more than Java 12 and 13 combined. A complete list of all the JEPs can be found on the OpenJDK 14 website, three of which are preview language features that should greatly increase developers' productivity: Pattern Matching for instance (JEP 305), Records (JEP 359), and Text Blocks (JEP 368), together with Helpful NullPointerExceptions (JEP 358) and Switch Expressions (JEP 361). Preview features are fully specified and implemented but not yet considered as final. They are meant to incite developers to provide feedback based on real-world use, with the goal of potentially becoming permanent features in a future Java SE Platform.

In addition, there are two incubator features, which have the same intent as preview features: Packaging Tool (JEP 343) and Foreign-Memory Access API (JEP 370). They are experimental APIs distributed in a form of separate modules, and their names can be identified by the jdk.incubator. prefix.

On March 24, the Spring team announced Spring Framework 5.2.5, with over 50 fixes and improvements, and Java 14 support.

Mary Grygleski, Developer Advocate
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April 15; Online
Liberty,2,3 technical overview, update, and Q&A (Session 2)
April 22; Online
Red Hat Summit
April 28-29; Online
Think 2020
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Sessions of interest:
- Master class lab: A deep dive into cloud-native Java, featuring Jakarta EE and Eclipse MicroProfile
- Tech talk: When cloud-native Java meets Containers, Kubernetes, and Istio