Chapter 1. Introducing Java 7

This chapter covers

  • Java as a platform and a language
  • Small yet powerful syntax changes
  • The try-with-resources statement
  • Exception-handling enhancements

Welcome to Java 7. Things around here are a little different than you may be used to. This is a really good thing—we have a lot to explore, now that the dust has settled and Java 7 has been unleashed. By the time you finish this book, you’ll have taken your first steps into a larger world—a world of new features, of software craftsmanship, and of other languages on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

We’re going to warm up with a gentle introduction to Java 7, but one that still acquaints you with powerful features. We’ll start by explaining a distinction that ...

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