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Daily Dose - No Closures in Java 7 After All?

05.12.2010
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David Flanagan doesn't seem to think so.  The programming consultant and writer for O'Reilly Media shared some frustrating observations about the lack of progress on Project Lambda this week.  Currently at version 0.15, Project Lambda's mailing list activity has been dwindling because Oracle engineers have become unresponsive.  Flanagan explains: "Neal Gafter, one of the hardest-working advocates for closures in Java, has politely and repeatedly asked for clarification of the schedule and of Oracle's commitment to closures.  The only answer he's gotten is from Alex Buckley:

Schedule information for Lambda will be shared when available.

Resourcing decisions are out of scope for this list, but I am sure that any resources assigned to Lambda will be directly or indirectly visible on this list.

It seems that Alex is not permitted to speak openly about this. But given that no activity is directly or indirectly visible through the mailing list, we can infer that there is basically no one at Oracle working on closures."  Flanagan wonders if there is anyone at Oracle with the time and/or the authority to modify the feature list or the release schedule for JDK 7.  At this rate, it's becoming less likely that closures will be properly implemented by the "feature complete" date; either that, or it's becoming more likely that JDK 7 will be pushed back even further.

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