Preface to the Java SE 7 Edition

The Java® SE 7 Edition of The Java Virtual Machine Specification incorporates all the changes that have been made to the Java Virtual Machine since the Second Edition in 1999. In addition, numerous corrections and clarifications have been made to align with popular implementations of the Java Virtual Machine, and with concepts common to the Java Virtual Machine and the Java programming language.

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The Java SE 5.0 platform in 2004 brought momentous changes to the Java programming language but had a relatively muted effect on the design of the Java Virtual Machine. Additions were made to ...

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