Java 9: Release date and new features

Java Development Kit (JDK) 9 is packed with new features, including modularisation, ahead-of-time compilation, a read-eval-print loop and a memory-saving improvement.

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Java 9 has now been released!

Java 9 has finally been released, after chief architect at the Java Platform Group Mark Reinhold announced delays citing "additional time required to move through the JCP process" as the cause. 

This news is a relief for many developers after an array of irritating setbacks, mainly due to issues with its modularisation effort left out of Java 8, which was released three years ago, making modular Java a feature in Java 9 instead.

Oracle did offer early availability for those wanting to download and test the new platform, but now a final version has been made available.

Download Java 9 here.

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