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Java 8 Pocket Guide - What impact will the release of Java 8 have?

 
Damian R Smith
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I recently passed both the SCJA and SCJP exam, both the SE6 versions. I am familiar with the changes in SE7, but with the release of SE8, what impact will the new changes have on me as a new developer both short term and in the long run? Will this also have a big effect on me going into a job now, in terms of how long it would be fully adopted by development companies?
 
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Almost nobody is using Java 8 in a company yet, so it won't have much impact on applying to jobs.

Once Java 8 becomes used in the workspace, learning functional programming constructs is going to be more important.
 
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Hi Damian,

I agree with Jeanne... however Java 8's Data Time API is very useful and can be used right away... I have refactored a couple projects I'm working on already to take advantage of it's features.

Thanks for the question,
-- Robert
 
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