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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] dependency on Java 8

Hi Ralf,

Dani announced a while ago that Eclipse Neon will drop support for
Java 7. See:

Best regards, Lars

On Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 10:41 AM, Ralf Sternberg
<rsternberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> while we all want to use the new features in Java 8, some users of the
> RAP project still can't switch to Java 8 because they have to deploy
> on application servers that run on a (bundled) non-Java-8 VM. For
> example, looking at the IBM WebSphere JDK support list [1], it seems
> that for the server side, it's still a bit too early to require Java
> 8.
> Since one of the bundles RAP depends on ( has recently been
> updated to Java 8, we find ourselves faced with the choice of either
> locking out those users or shipping RAP 3.1 with an older version of
> the platform. The latter would probably mean to abstain from the Neon
> simultaneous release.
> I wonder if there is a general consensus that the Eclipse platform
> (not the IDE) does not support Java 7 anymore. If this is the case, we
> have to live with it, however, I'd appreciate to keep at least the
> core Java-7-compatible for one more year. Looking at the respective
> change in [2], it looks like a refactoring, not an API
> change that would require Java 8. Also on the Neon release plan [3],
> it's still marked as 1.7. Is there a chance to revert this change or
> are more of those going to come?
> Regards,
> Ralf
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
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