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Java 6 update 29 vs Java 7


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#1 Drip

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:03 PM

Hello,

I have read quite a few recommendations here that people should update to Java 7. I currently have Java 6 update 29. When I check for updates I am told that I already have the recommended version. Java.com currently says that Java 7 is being tested by developers before being released on java.com.

In short, I just wanted to be sure that I really should update to 7 before doing so. Might it be better to wait until it is officially released?

Thanks!

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:33 AM

I and others have been using Java 7 and a subsequent update since at least late July with zero issues.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:32 AM

You can use either version. Although version 7 is recommended for developers, many users opted to update because of the enhanced features rather than wait for widespread distribution to end users. I updated in July, then again in October when JRE 7 Update 1 (JRE) was released 10/19/11. So when checking my JAVA version I get.

Verified Java Version
Congratulations!
You have the recommended Java installed (1.7.0_01)


Features of Java SE 7
Here is a brief summary of the enhancements included with the Java SE 7 release:

Improved performance, stability and security.
Enhancements in the Java Plug-in for Rich Internet Applications development and deployment.
Java Programming language enhancements that enable developers with ease of writing and optimizing the Java code.
Enhancements in the Java Virtual machine to support Non-Java languages.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:17 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I wonder why they're waiting so long to release 7.

I think I'll go ahead and update.

Thanks again.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:47 AM

The development period for Java 7 is organized into several stages called milestones. On average, there are about 8 builds which include enhancements and bug fixes per milestone based on feedback from users so it takes some time to complete the process before widespread distribution.

BTW, Java 8 is expected in Summer 2013
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