A great video summing up 55 New Features in JDK9. Well worth watching, as the presenter covers major and minor features, as well as deprecations.
Improvements to Collections including new, fast construction of List, Set and Map (finally). Discussions around Jigsaw, and a new linker that will allow creation of a module that ONLY contains the dependent jars/modules required.
I always try and keep my commits focused on one thing. This was brought to my attention recently as I was doing a code review. A number of refactors mixed in with code changes.
Makes reviewing much harder to perform, and harder for both developer and reviewer to ensure things are correct.
Git has many features for helping with this. Find a refactor part way through a change, then pull out the refactor portion so it can go into its own commit, and continue with your code changes.
Doing a large refactor and want to make it smaller? Again, git supports that.
When coding, think about both your validation of the changes as well as a code reviewers view. As soon as there are more than 100 lines of code in a commit, and especially if there are a number of contexts, the review quality goes way down.
An interesting take on why your employer should support you contributing to Open Source, and why contributing to Open Source doesn’t have to mean using personal time.
If you’re a programmer today, you’re almost certainly taking advantage of Open Source libraries. These libraries are saving you (and by extension, your employer/clients) much money, time and effort.
Therefore your employer/client should be ok with you contributing to the libraries during working hours. Obviously it will be easier if you focus on libraries that are in use for the project, and preferably addressing issues you’ve encountered, or adding features that are valuable to you.
The other benefit is exposure to other’s code, peer reviews, and all around improvement of your own design and coding abilities.
Something to think about, and talk with your employer/client’s about if they don’t currently allow it.