Philly ETE 2014 – Brian Goetz – Lambda: A peek under the hood

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The big language features for Java SE 8 are lambda expressions (closures) and default methods (formerly called defender methods or virtual extension methods). Adding closures to the language opens up a host of new expressive opportunities for applications and libraries, but how are they implemented?

You might assume that lambda expressions are simply a more syntactically compact form of inner classes, but, in fact, the implementation of lambda expressions is substantially different and builds on the invokedynamic feature added in Java SE 7.

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