Linked by theuserbl on Sun 10th Jul 2011 18:48 UTC
Java "After an initial round of testing we've declared build 147 to be the first Release Candidate of JDK 7. There are only thirteen changes in this build. Over half of them are administrivial updates that don't affect the actual code; the remainder are true showstoppers, including several hard VM crashes and a JIT correctness bug identified by an Eclipse unit test. If no new showstopper issues are reported, and if JSR 336 and the component JSRs pass their Final Approval Ballots in the JCP, then this will be the GA build for release later this month per the schedule posted back in January."
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RE[2]: great
by frytvm on Mon 11th Jul 2011 01:19 UTC in reply to "RE: great"
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Yeah, Java has excellent numeric performance, there's no way flash could compare; to be fair, ActionScript is not really designed for performance the same way Java is.

On the other hand, startup time and Swing performance have been constantly disappointing for normal desktop users: even on my relatively new laptop, IDEA's menus somehow feel slow and unresponsive to pop up compared to any native program.

With the JVM being such an attractive target for alternative language implementations (hopefully getting tailcalls _someday_), one can only hope Oracle can fix-up these final minor flaws with the new JVM, and who knows what the merger of also-Oracle-owned JRockit's techniques can further do for performance.

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