Java 22: The Latest Release of the World’s Leading Programming Language and Development Platform

  • March 20, 2024

The wait is finally over – the latest version of Java, the world’s number one programming language and development platform, has arrived. Java 22 (Oracle JDK 22) brings with it thousands of performance, stability, and security improvements that will enhance developer productivity, drive innovation, and accelerate growth across organizations.

With 12 JDK Enhancement Proposals (JEPs) and updates from Project Amber, Project Panama, Project Loom, and other core libraries and tools, Java 22 delivers a host of exciting new features. These include enhancements to the Java language, APIs, performance, and tools such as the Class-File API, Launch Multi-File Source-Code Programs, and Stream Gatherers.

One of the standout features of Java 22 is JEP 447, which allows developers to include statements before super(…) in their constructors. This gives them more freedom to express the desired behavior, making code more readable and maintainable. Another noteworthy addition is JEP 462, which introduces an API for structured concurrency, promoting a more efficient and error-free style of concurrent programming.

Java 22 also offers improvements to the Vector API and Foreign Function & Memory API from Project Panama, makes it easier to introduce students to Java programming with Implicitly Declared Classes and Instance Main Methods from Project Amber, and introduces the new Scoped Values feature from Project Loom for increased ease-of-use, performance, and robustness.

In addition, JEP 423, Region Pinning for G1, helps improve latency by allowing garbage collection during certain native library calls, while JMS – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) native service – offers a unified console and dashboard to manage Java runtimes and applications.

Java 22 truly is a collective effort, made possible through the collaboration of Oracle, OpenJDK, and the Java Community Process (JCP). Experience the latest enhancements and features for yourself and drive your organization’s growth with Java 22. For more information on the new release, check out Oracle’s blog post.