I’ve coded in Java since the first beta. Even back then, threads were at the top of my list of favorite features. Java was the first language to introduce thread support in the language itself. It was a controversial decision back then. In the past decade, every language raced to include async/await, and even Java had some third-party support for that… But Java zigged instead of zagging and introduced the far superior virtual threads (project Loom). This post isn’t about that.

I think it’s wonderful and proves the core power of Java. Not just as a language but as a culture. A culture of deliberating changes instead of rushing into the fashionable trend.

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