Java 1.4 Will Focus on Server

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-04-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The next release of the Java language, Version 1.4, is taking shape as a significant upgrade for server-side Java programmers

The next release of the Java language, Version 1.4, is taking shape as a significant upgrade for server-side Java programmers. Improved performance is a big goal, as well as new database and XML functionality. It should ship later this year.

Java 1.4 ("Merlin") will be 64-bit enabled for Sun SPARC and Intel Itanium chips. A new set of file and network APIs is being introduced ("in the form of either asynchronous requests or polling," according to the Sun feature description) to make Java server code faster and more scalable.

An API to map files to memory for fast file access will be added and can be used if the underlying operating system supports this.

Other planned features are a logging API, to make it easier to output and save server status messages; assertions, which ease debugging; the inclusion of Java Database Connectivity 3.0 APIs; a way to save user preferences in a consistent and manageable way; and IPv6 support.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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