From Idea to IDE - How Java Features Are Considered, Designed, And Shipped

How a community of Java enthusiasts drives innovation for 15 years, turning ideas into designs into code into features you can use in your IDE

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OpenJDK is one of the world's most influential open source communities. It drives the reference implementation of Java SE and the Java Virtual Machine, a programming language and runtime environment used daily by millions of software developers. More than that, the community drives its innovation - 15 years and counting of new language features, core library additions, performance improvements, runtime enhancements, and new tooling.

But how does it all work? How does a community of Java enthusiasts, often financed by some of the biggest tech companies yet working with self-determination, turn ideas into designs into code into features you can use in your IDE? Well, let me explain (in this talk).


Here's the current version of the slides.

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Past Presentations

I gave this talk a few times before. See below for links to slides (as they were at that very event), videos, and other information.