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Mastering Lambdas by Maurice Naftalin

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CHAPTER1

Taking Java to the Next Level

The changes in Java 8 are the biggest in the history of the language, combining coordinated changes to the language, the libraries, and the virtual machine. They promise to alter the way we think about the execution of Java programs and to make the language fit for use in a world, soon to arrive, of massively parallel hardware. Yet for such an important innovation, the actual changes to the language seem quite minor. What is it about these apparently minor modifications that will make such a big difference? And why should we change a programming model that has served us so well throughout the lifetime of ...

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