JDK 7 is Feature Complete

posted 18 Jan 2011, 02:09 by Sanjeev Kumar   [ updated 16 Nov 2011, 21:08 ]
The JDK 7 project says it has hit a major milestone, with the first feature complete build shipping in build 123. Henrik Ståhl, who is responsible for product strategy in the Java Platform Group and is an official spokesperson for Oracle on Java SE, blogged.

"This means that development and QA have finished all planned feature and test development work in the release and are moving the focus to testing and bug fixing on all supported JDK 7 platforms. This is a major step towards JDK 7 General Availability (GA) and implies that we are tracking close to the plan published on openjdk.java.net."

The OpenJDK website includes a complete list of features, and shows those which have been deferred over to JDK 8 or later. Mark Reinhold’s blog lists a couple of features which are outstanding, which will be integrated post the Feature Complete release. These are the updated XML Stack and the Enhanced JMX Agent and MBeans. The late integration of these features is not expected to affect the overall schedule.

The first important date for people wanting to get involved in testing the releases is February 17th, when the Developer Preview release, effectively a beta, is expected to be available.