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Java 9: Release date and new features

Java Development Kit (JDK) 9 is now out!

Java 9 has finally been launched, after chief designer at the Java Platform Group Mark Reinhold revealed hold-ups mentioning "extra time needed to move through the JCP process" as the cause.

This news is a relief for numerous developers after a range of annoying obstacles, primarily due to problems with its modularisation effort excluded of Java 8, which was launched three years earlier, making modular Java a feature in Java 9 instead.

Oracle did provide early availability for those wishing to download and evaluate the new platform, and now a final version has been offered.

Download Java 9 here.

We've been waiting a long period of time for Java 9, so as you can imagine, there are a great deal of new features, perhaps to make up for the delay in release.

Java 9 will offer a 'feature complete' platform consisting of improvements in:

Modularity
Developer Convenience
Strings
Diagnostics
JVM options
Logging
Javadoc
JavaScript/HTTP
Native Platform
JavaFX
Images
Unicode
The most significant improvement is its modularity, which should make the Java platform more scalable while enhancing its implementations on smaller sized devices.