Mark Reinhold is Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle. His past contributions to the platform include character-stream readers and writers, reference objects, shutdown hooks, the NIO high-performance I/O APIs, library generification, service loaders, and the Jigsaw module system. Mark has held key leadership roles in every Java SE and JDK release since version 1.2, in 1998. He currently leads the JDK Project in the OpenJDK Community, where he also serves on the Governing Board. Mark holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Java SE Platform and the JDK are now on a rapid, six-month release cadence: Java 9 shipped last September, Java 10 shipped this past March, and Java 11 will ship this coming September. We’ll review the motivations for this change, discuss some of its consequences, and take brief a look at what’s new and what’s ahead.