Java 13 Features
On September 17th, 2019, Java 13 was made available for production use. Because of the 6-month release schedule, there aren't many developer-specific features in Java 13. Enhancements to Z Garbage Collector, application class-data sharing, and previews of switch statements and text blocks are some of the features.
Features of Java 13
1. Text Blocks - JEP 355
This is an example of a preview feature. It makes it simple to construct multiline strings. A pair of triple-double quotations must surround the multiline string.
There are no additional properties on the string object formed with text blocks. It's a more convenient approach to make multiline strings. We can't make a single-line string with text blocks.
A line terminator must follow the initial triple-double quotations.
Text Block String: Hi Hello Yes Normal String Literal: Hi Hello Yes
2. New Methods in String Class for Text Blocks
The String class now has three additional methods related to the text blocks functionality.
formatted(Object... args) is a function comparable to String format(). It's there to help with text block formatting.
stripIndent() is a function that removes the white space characters at the start and end of each line in a text block. The text blocks employ this mechanism to preserve the relative indentation of the content.
translateEscapes() It returns a string containing the value this string, with escape sequences translated as if they were in a string literal.
Name: Peter Phone: 123456789 Salary: $2000.56 <html>*** <body> * <p>Hello</p>** * </body>* </html> <html> <body> <p>Hello</p> </body> </html> Hi Hello' " /u0022 Pankaj Hi Hello' " /u0022 Pankaj
3. Switch Expressions Enhancements - JEP 354
In the 12 release of Java, switch expressions were added as a trial feature. The only difference is that "break" has been replaced with "yield" to return a value from the case statement in Java 13.
2 2 x = 2
4. Reimplement the Legacy Socket API - JEP 353
The underlying implementation of the java.net.Socket and java.net.ServerSocket APIs has been updated in Java version 13. NioSocketImpl, the new implementation, is a drop-in replacement for PlainSocketImpl.
Instead of synchronized methods, it employs java.util.concurrent locks. Utilize the java option -Djdk.net.usePlainSocketImpl if we want to use the legacy implementation.
5. Dynamic CDS Archive - JEP 350
The class-data-sharing feature was introduced in Java 10, is extended in this JEP. It is now much easier to create a CDS archive and to use it.
6. ZGC: Uncommit Unused Memory - JEP 351
This JEP has improved ZGC by allowing the operating system to recover wasted heap memory. In Java 11, the Z Garbage Collector was introduced. It introduces a little wait before the heap memory cleanup. However, the operating system did not receive the unused RAM. This was an issue for IoT and microchip devices with small memory footprints. It has now been improved so that unneeded memory is returned to the operating system.
7. newFileSystem() Method
The FileSystems class now has three additional methods to make it easier to use file system providers that handle a file's content as a file system.
8. DOM and SAX Factories with Namespace Support
New techniques for creating DOM and SAX factories that support Namespaces have been added.
In this article, we have discussed some of the features of Java version 13.
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