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From Gary Gregory <garydgreg...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Java 6 vs. 7
Date Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:50:11 GMT
There are several aspects. In the language,  I like try with with resources, type inference,
 and multi - catch clauses. 

I am in a special situation in that I am working on a custom derby build for a special use
case. Using one level of jdbc and java makes the whole task easier to develop,  build and
in general deal with.


<div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: Myrna van Lunteren
<m.v.lunteren@gmail.com> </div><div>Date:08/28/2014  14:31  (GMT-05:00)
</div><div>To: derbydev <derby-dev@db.apache.org> </div><div>Subject:
Re: Java 6 vs. 7 </div><div>

I looked but cannot find any official EOS statements or dates for Java 6 from IBM.

I found that Java 5 by IBM had a EOS(or perhaps EOL?) in 2009 - just like Oracle did; which
does not imply a commitment regarding Java 6, however.

Either way, I think it's fair to deprecate Java 6 in a future feature release - I like Rick's

Was there some specific functionality that is of concern/interest here?


On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM, Rick Hillegas <rick.hillegas@oracle.com> wrote:
On 8/27/14 5:32 PM, Gary Gregory wrote:
Hi All,

Now that DERBY-6213 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-6213> is in the books,
is there any interest here in deprecating Java 6 in favor of Java 7?

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Thanks for raising this issue, Gary. Oracle stopped creating public releases of Java 6 last
year: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html. However, Oracle continues to
provide new releases of Java 6 for customers who buy support contracts. I can't find any information
on IBM's commitment to Java 6. Maybe one of the IBM engineers can comment.

In the interests of reducing code/testing complexity, I'd be happy to deprecate support for
Java 6. When we deprecate a platform, we generally produce one last feature release for it.
It is that last release which announces the deprecation. If we followed that convention, then
next year's 10.12 release would still support Java 6. The first release to drop Java 6 support
would be 10.13, due out in 2016 if we keep to our usual release cadence.

What do other people think?


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