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Submission + - Oracle Introduces Insane New Java Numbering Scheme (infoq.com) 1

twofishy writes: "To avoid the confusion caused by renumbering releases", Oracle has announced that it is adopting a new numbering scheme for JDK 5.0, JDK 6 and JDK 7. "The next Limited Update for JDK 7 will be numbered 7u40, and the next 3 CPUs after that will be numbered 7u45, 7u51, and 7u55.” The vendor notes that a more elegant solution would require the changing of the version numbering scheme to accommodate different kinds of changes (for example by using 7u44-2 ). However this cannot be implemented outside of a major release, since doing so might break existing code that parses version strings (possibly including the Java auto-update system)
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Oracle Introduces Insane New Java Numbering Scheme

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  • To make Java even less relevant.

    Evidently, they can find time to create a numbering system but still struggle to find time to actually resolve problems with Java security.

    I periodically ask myself, I start using Java again and each time I do, the answer seems to be no.

    And so it goes.

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