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Austin Java Users Group Meetup: JDK From 9 to 12 — How Java is Evolving

January 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Please join us Tuesday night, January 29th, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Lil’ Tex conference room at the J.J. Pickle Center Commons Conference Center to hear Simon Ritter, Deputy CTO of Azul Systems, Java Champion and Java Rockstar, give us an update on the state of the JDK union.

Azul is kindly providing free pizza and drinks served at 6:30 PM before the meeting.


The new six-month release cadence for the JDK will see more major releases of Java in eighteen months than in the previous ten years.

In this session, we’ll look at how Java is changing, both from a technical perspective and from that of changes to release schedule, binary distributions and availability of updates.

We’ll discuss the major new features in JDK 9, 10, and 11 as well as a peek at what’s in store for JDK 12 . We’ll also look at some of the larger, longer-term projects to improve Java: Amber, Valhalla and Loom.

About Simon Ritter

Simon Ritter is the Deputy CTO of Azul Systems. Simon has been in the IT business since 1984 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Brunel University in the U.K.

Simon joined Sun Microsystems in 1996 and started working with Java technology from JDK 1.0; he has spent time working in both Java development and consultancy. Having moved to Oracle as part of the Sun acquisition, he managed the Java Evangelism team for the core Java platform. Now at Azul, he continues to help people understand Java as well as AzulÕs JVM technologies and products. Simon has twice been awarded Java Rockstar status at JavaOne and is a Java Champion. He currently represents Azul on the JCP Executive Committee and on the Java SE Expert Group.

Follow him on Twitter, @speakjava.