Introducing Java SE 6 Update 10 RC
Source: Sun Microsystems
The upcoming Java SE 6 update 10 (currently in RC release) is a very different animal than the updates that preceded it. Java SE 6u10 pushes the envelope by adding more new features and functionality than in any previous Java programming language update release, including many that have been a long time coming. Officially, a "Java update release" is a release in which only the fourth version number (the 10 in 1.6.0_10) changes. Unlike major releases, update releases are not allowed to add, remove, or change any public APIs, and generally this has limited update releases to only containing bug fixes. 6u10 likewise contains no new or changed public APIs - but despite that restriction, the author still managed to squeeze in some incredible new features.