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Java 9’s AOT compiler: Use at your own risk

With the impending arrival of Java SE (Standard Edition) 9 this summer, developers will get more than modularity, which has been the most highly touted feature of the upgrade. They’ll also get an experimental implementation of AOT (ahead-of-time) compilation, which is intended to improve application startup times with limited impact on peak performance.

Java ME (Micro Edition) has long supported AOT, but Java SE has not—a decision that Java’s former owner, Sun Microsystems, made many years ago.

Like Java 9’s new modularity, AOT is drawing some mixed reviews from developers.

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