Oracle lay out ‘Plan A’ and Plan B’ for Java 7, and select Plan B for next release

Mark Reinhold, the Chief Architect for the Java platform, recently laid out details for two alternatives for the next Java release. Plans have obviously been changed somewhat due to Oracle buying out Sun, and as a result there will not be a Java 7 release this year.

Here’s the options:

Plan A: JDK 7 (as currently defined) Mid 2012
Plan B: JDK 7 (minus Lambda, Jigsaw, and part of Coin) Mid 2011
        JDK 8 (Lambda, Jigsaw, the rest of Coin, ++) Late 2012

Reinhold confirmed in his blog recently that the next release will be according to Plan B.