From Amber to Loom, from Panama to Valhalla - the four big projects are entering the home stretch. Time to take a closer look at how they will improve Java.

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Nicolai (aka nipafx) is a Java enthusiast focused on language features and core APIs with a passion for learning and sharing - in articles, newsletters, and books; in tweets, videos, and streams; in demo repos and at conferences - more on all of that on He's a Java Developer Advocate at Oracle and organizer of Accento ( That aside, he's best known for his haircut.