Java 7, slated to be released in early 2010 is the next major release for the Java Standard Edition, which influences a great part of the Java ecosystem. This post by Hamlet D'Arcy provides a summary of a recent presentation given by Mark Reinhold -- Chief Engineer for the Java Standard Edition at Sun Microsystems. Read Hamlet's post on Mark Reinhold's presentation 'http://hamletdarcy.blogspot.com/2008/12/java-7-update-from-mark-reinhold-at.html': http://hamletdarcy.blogspot.com/2008/12/java-7-update-from-mark-reinhold-at.html