AndroidX' Libraries to be Open Source Now

The library is used when using ew features on older versions of OS
25 July 2018   525

Google has opened access for everyone to the redesigned AndroidX library. Library is necessary when using new features on older versions of the operating system. This will help attract third-party developers and update the project more often. This is reported by 9to5 Google.

We are thrilled to announce that AndroidX development is moving to AOSP. This means that we will now be doing the majority of our work in public using the public AOSP Gerrit review tool and landing changes to a public git repository. We hope you love this update as much as we do. A blog post with more details is coming in a few days, but we wanted to share it with you all early. 
 

Google Team

Each package in AndroidX is updated separately. And in the Support Library, updating sometimes affects the entire library, because it contains invalid digital version signatures.

Changes made by Google are not just about libraries. Earlier, in March 2018, the company released an integrated development environment for Android Studio 3.1.

Oracle to Announce Java SE 11 & Java Development Kit 11

As reported, support for Java 8 will end in December 2020, and Java 10 won't receive any updates
27 September 2018   561

Oracle developers announced the release of the Java 11 standard and its implementation of the JDK (Java Development Kit) with a long support period up to 2026. It is fully compatible with previous versions. Support for Java 8 will end in December 2020, and Java 10 won't receive any updates.

New in Java SE 11

  • Nest-Based Access Control system implemented
  • The .class format is complemented by the support for the CONSTANT_Dynamic forms, which are loaded by the creation of constants to the bootstrap method.
  • Added support for the latest version of the transport layer security protocol - TLS 1.3. It accelerates the loading of mobile web pages, and also filters out old, vulnerable cryptographic primitives, replacing them with more complex encryption algorithms.
  • Standardized support for the HTTP Client API, introduced in the Java 9 incubator.
  • Epsilon garbage collector is launched in a test mode.
  • The Java EE and CORBA modules are removed from the JDK and the Java SE platform, and the Nashorn engine and the Pack200 tools are declared obsolete.
  • The JavaFX module is excluded from the kernel and is shipped separately.
  • Existing APIs are updated to support the Unicode 10 format.
  • Added tools for streaming low-level data on errors and problems.
  • Added the ability to run single-file programs that contain the source code.

More information about the changes can be found on the Release Notes page of JDK 11.

The previous, intermediate version of the standard and JDK 10 came out in March 2018. A set of development tools has received three new variants of Java virtual machines, the sharing of application classes and the support of the experimental Just-in-Time compiler on Linux / x64.