Java Language Specification
Java SE 8 Edition

The Java Language Specification, Java SE 8 Edition, was the official, authoritative specification of the Java programming language. It was published in February 2015 and followed the Java SE 7 Edition of the JLS.

It specifies the Java programming language as implemented in Java SE 8.

This Java SE 8 Edition goes beyond the Java SE 7 Edition of the JLS by specifying features like:

  • lambda expressions
  • method references
  • functional interfaces
  • default methods
  • annotations on types
  • repeated annotations

All these language changes were introduced in Java SE 8 in 2014.

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