Simon Ritter

Simon Ritter

Azul Systems | Deputy CTO
Deputy CTO at Azul Systems. Spreading the word on Java and JVM technologies, far and wide.

Simon Ritter is the Deputy CTO at Azul and previously was a Java Technology Evangelist at Oracle Corporation. Simon has been in the IT business since 1984 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Brunel University in the U.K.

Originally working in the area of UNIX development for AT&T UNIX System Labs and then Novell, Simon moved to Sun in 1996. At this time he started working with Java technology and has spent time working both in Java technology development and consultancy. Having moved to Oracle as part of the Sun acquisition he now focuses on the core Java platform and Java for client applications. He also continues to develop demonstrations that push the boundaries of Java for applications like gestural interfaces.

All talks from Simon

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From JDK 9 to 12 and Beyond: Delivering New Features in the JDK

Abstract: JDK 10 was released only six-months after JDK 9, demonstrating that the new fast cadence for the OpenJDK works. Even with such a short development cycle, there were still over a hundred new features covering the language, core libraries and the JVM.

In this session we’ll take a look at the rapid evolution of the Java platform with the introduction of new features in each of the recent releases:

• JDK 9: Java Platform Module System
• JDK10: Local variable type inference
• JDK 11: JDK Flight Recorder
• JDK 12: Switch expressions

We’ll also cover many of the smaller features that will make your life as a developer easier.

What might JDK 13 and 14 include? To answer that question, we’ll explore some of the longer-term plans for Java, like project Amber, Loom and Valhalla.