Oracle has launched the Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 Update 4 (Java SE 7 Update 4) and JavaFX 2.1. This release marks Oracle’s first delivery of both the Java Development Kit (JDK) and JavaFX Software Development Kit (SDK) for Mac OS X. Java developers can now download Oracle’s JDK, which includes the JavaFX SDK, for Mac OS X from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Oracle plans to release a consumer version of Java SE 7, including the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Mac OS X later in 2012.
The Java SE 7 Update 4 JDK includes the next-generation Garbage Collection algorithm, Garbage First (G1). Oracle says it is continuing its work to merge the Oracle Java HotSpot JVM and the Oracle JRockit JVM into a converged offering.
Java SE7 Update 4 contains performance enhancements to the JVM, which can also deliver a performance boost to Oracle Fusion Middleware products.
With the release of Java SE 7 Update 4, all of the performance enhancements available in Oracle JRockit have been merged into Oracle Java HotSpot and OpenJDK, the open source Java SE implementation.
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