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Based on survey of more than 2,800 Java developers, 65 percent already committed to Java 8 upgrade, 83 percent cite lambdas as key interest

Key areas addressed in the report include:

  • Upgrade plans for Java 6 vs. Java 7 users
  • Java 8 as a JRE and compilation target
  • Most anticipated new features of Java 8 (full list)
  • Lambdas and Scala – friend or foe
  • App Server, JVM, JRE ordered popularity by Java developers

We are Lightbend, the proud providers of the world’s leading Reactive application development platform. Lightbend is a passionate crew of technology pioneers committed to building amazing software. We build and maintain the Play web framework, the Akka concurrency toolkit, and the Scala programming language. Our mission is to help developers build high-performance applications that are event-driven, scalable, resilient and responsive.

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Jonas Bonér is a co-founder of Lightbend and creator of the Akka event-driven middleware project. Previously he was a core technical contributor at Terracotta, working on core JVM-level clustering technology, and at BEA, as part of the JRockit JVM team. Jonas has also been an active contributor to open source projects including the AspectWerkz Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) framework and the Eclipse AspectJ project. He is an amateur Jazz musician, passionate skier and holds a Bachelors of Science from Mid Sweden University.

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