This post very briefly summarizes some recent (within the past few weeks) developments in the world of Java.
Yet Another Java Versioning Scheme
Oracle has changed the Java version numbering schema again, this time in an effort "to avoid confusion caused by renumbering releases" because of the "recent increase of security releases" that have already led to skipped numbers and renumbered releases.
The Closure of java.blogs
Atlassian's java.blogs is currently closed, though it seems like this may not be permanent if there is sufficient interest in it being restored and updated. There is a form at the main site available for folks interested in it being restored to make that known.
Kicking the Tires of JDK 8
In Feedback Wanted, Java SE 8, Tori Wieldt provides links for downloading the latest released versions of Java SE 8 under development. She also provides links to the source code and to a list of Java Enhancement Proposals that have been incorporated into the latest JDK 8 releases. There are also links for reporting bugs found with a new release and for obtaining help if problems are encountered trying to use a new release.
JDK8 Javadoc Updates
Android, IntelliJ, and Gradle
Google I/O 2013 recently concluded and there were some big announcements in the Android space related to products that are well-known in the Java community. In particular, IntelliJ-based Android Studio is now offered (currently "early access preview") alongside more mature Eclipse-based Eclipse ADT plug-in and Gradle is now the main Android build system.
Original posting available at http://marxsoftware.blogspot.com/ (Inspired by Actual Events)