Red Hat will launch OpenJDK 17 production ready at the end of this year. And there are several features which include the following:
- Switch expressions
- Text blocks
- Pattern matching of instanceof
- Restricting float pointing operating
- Hidden classes
- Foreign function & Memory API
- ZGC Prod ready ~ https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/377
I’ll be doing some blog posts about the features above.
Also, in terms of overhead, the heap/native size overhead will get smaller because of the Elastic Metaspace, instead of a static. That is very interesting and certainly, I will do some benchmarks to see the comparison.
There was much stuff removal/deprecated as well, like CMS, Nashorn, RMI activation.
It is important to highlight here that ZGC, the ultra fast GC from Oracle – similar to Shenandoah in terms of speed – is now production ready as well, I think I already did one or two blog posts about it. Shenandoah is production ready in JDK 8 and JDK 11, since it was back-ported to JDK 8.