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Java 7

Status End of Life
Release Date 2011-07-11
EOL Date 2021-07-20
Latest Version 7u351
Codename Dolphin
Class File Version 51.0
API Changes Compare to 6 - 5 - 1.4 - 1.3 - 1.2 - 1.1
Documentation Release Notes, Language Spec, VM Spec, JavaDoc
SCM hg

After Java 6 it took almost five years to create a new Java major release. In the meantime the original Java inventor Sun Microsystems have been acquired in 2010. Java 7 is the first release under new owner Oracle.

One of the reasons for the long delay of Java 7 was the long design and development time for a lambda syntax for the Java language. While this feature was finally dropped from Java 7 the required mechanics under the hood like INVOKEDYNAMIC and method handles have been added to the Java runtime with this release.

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Vendor Product License Platform Downloads
Azul Systems Zulu Builds of OpenJDK 7 GPLv2+CE
IBM IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 7 Release 1 Commercial
Oracle Java SE Development Kit 7 Commercial