The Java 18 JDK (Java Development Kit) is expected to be a short-term version, with six months of support before the next one arrives in March and September each year. JDK 17, which was released last September, is the most recent long-term support release, with JDK 11 being released in 2018.
Oracle has released Java 18, the most recent version of the most popular programming language and development platform. Thousands of speed, stability, and security improvements are included in Java 18 (Oracle JDK 18), including nine platform advancements that will boost developer productivity even further.
“Oracle’s continuous commitment to provide organisations and developers faster access to enhancements with the six-month feature release cycle is demonstrated by the introduction of Java 18,” said Georges Saab, Vice President of Development, Oracle Java Platform Group. “We continue to make technological investments in the Java SE Platform implementations, as well as the Java Development Kit, to increase performance, reliability, and security.”
Mr. Prasad Subramanian, Senior Director of Engineering, OCI Product Development, Oracle India: “Java 18 has been extended to easily switch from old versions and enable people to write programming that is very natural in today’s hardware environment. It can be done quickly, and Java runtime can provide this data the way it works with modern hardware optimisation in order to make that reasoning very fast. With the new Java 18, runtime is super performance and works in Java library. earlier, we did multi big bang releases, now we are adding new features every 6 months. In Java 18 too, small incremental features are added to make it easier to adopt. All the work is done in the open-source community like code source, research etc. – an important point to note here is that it generates tremendous amount of transparency.”
Saravanan P, Cloud Engineering Leader, Oracle India: “In India, customers are using Java very widely in developing their applications. It is the most commonly used programming language. Be it for micro services or cloud native applications, customers and even ISVs in India use Java. Let me give some examples: applications that are in use today eg. payments or mobile and internet banking or UPI or risk management or even new age AI and ML solutions – all use Java as their programming language. Large enterprises are seeing value from Java and even from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). A large part of OCI runs of Java, with this we can provide customers with automatic patch updates, security, scalability, and better management of their services. India is witnessing very high demand.”
Java Adoption in the Cloud Is Quickening
Java Management Service (JMS), a new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) native service, was recently introduced to help manage Java runtimes and applications on-premises or in any cloud. JMS provides the data required to manage Java deployments across an organisation. For OCI workloads and Java SE Subscribers, Java Management Service is included.
Java 18 is the most recent release in Java’s six-month cycle, and it’s the product of substantial collaboration between Oracle engineers and other members of the global Java development community through the OpenJDK Project and the Java Community Process (JCP). This ensures a continual stream of innovations while also bringing ongoing performance, stability, and security enhancements, ensuring Java’s widespread adoption across all companies and industries.