It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited by a release of software. Maybe the release of Quake ][ was probably the last time I waited with anticipation for some software. However, I’m super happy with JDK 1.5 for one main reason alone.
- Everybody is posting stuff about it
It’s great. Everybody has their own point of view, and what they find great about the new release. There are people comparing the changes to how Java now looks to C#, javax.pack, generics, you name it, everybody has something to say about JDK 1.5
And that is very, very important for the longevity of Java. It’s become interesting to people all over again. This is like the early days of 1.0.2 to 1.1 where significant new features were being added.
Now, I might not agree, or even like all the new features, but frankly, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that can whip up some enthusiasm about those features. That’s what Java has been lacking recently, and with many people willing to stick the boot into Sun for just about everything including flood, fire and famine, this enthusiasm is just the shot in the arm that my favourite software development language has been lacking recently.
So, go for it everybody, post why you like the new JDK 1.5 release. Post to other blogs, leave comments, disagree with other people, but most of all, show the world how enthusiastic you are.