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About Theodora Fragkouli

Theodora Fragkouli
Theodora has graduated from Computer Engineering and Informatics Department in the University of Patras. She also holds a Master degree in Economics from the National and Technical University of Athens. During her studies she has been involved with a large number of projects ranging from programming and software engineering to telecommunications, hardware design and analysis. She works as a junior Software Engineer in the telecommunications sector where she is mainly involved with projects based on Java and Big Data technologies.

Java 8 : What do developers think?

Since Java 8 releasement countdown is starting, Java developers seem certainly ready to get involved. According to a survey in Typesafe, 65% of developers who participated answered that they will be migrating to Java 8 in a 24 months plan, and from them 30% will try to migrate over the next 6 months.

73% of developers who participated are currently working with Java 7, whereas there is a 22% part working still with Java 6. And from those working with Java 6, only 44% are planning to move straight to Java 8.

As far as Lamdas are concerned, this new feature of Java 8 is welcome by the Java community, since 83% of developers stated that the lambda expressions and virtual extension methods are the two new features most expected. Devs are also excited with concurency updates (16%) and the new Date and Time API (15%). 48% of devs believe that lambda injection will positively reinforce the adoption of Scala.

Java Security has been the big problem where Oracle has focused, and was also the basic cause of the Java 8 release delay. Focusing on better securing the Java platform was the main reason for last year’s decision to delay shipment of Java 8. Oracle seems to have focused on the major bugs, but after all a good job is done, since now an important 59% part of developers believe that these problems have been solved. Oracle has done a good job with the JVM front too, with 98% of users employing it.

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