The next Java update will likely be around this time next year, according to one of the world’s biggest software developers.
The Java language is currently undergoing a significant re-evaluation as new features are being added, said the Java community’s top Java expert, Jonathan Corbet.
This includes a new way of accessing data from the cloud, which could be an important milestone for the language, he told the BBC.
“It’s a very exciting time,” Corbet said.
“We are looking at making a lot of new changes in the language that will be really big for the community and will allow us to move forward with a lot more of the language.”
“But we’re also working hard on new features in the future, we want to have the best Java for the future,” he added.
“There’s still a lot to do.
We’re looking at all these new things, but it’s still early days.”
Corbet, who was at the Java World Congress in the US last month, said he had spoken to many of the leading Java developers about the language.
“The language is moving forward at a very rapid pace, and we are very excited,” he said.
There are about 400 Java developers and more than 40,000 Java users, according the Java Community.
It is not clear how many developers will be affected by the new features.
However, one of those developers, Java developer Scott Liss, told the Telegraph that he was “extremely optimistic” about the next version of the Java language.
Javaneerra’s Corbet described the changes as “very significant” and said he was looking forward to seeing what new features Java 8 brings to the language in the coming months.
He said: “I think we are all looking forward very much to the next update and seeing what we can make better.”
“I think it’s a good time to think about where Java is heading, and what it’s going to take to stay ahead of the curve.”
“Javanesque is evolving and moving to the front of the pack in a lot different ways, and it’s really important that we keep moving forward with it.”
“And that is what we’re going to be doing.”