GraalVM 20.3 Final Feature Release of 2020
- By John K. Waters
- November 29, 2020
The GraalVM team at Oracle Labs announced the release of GraalVM 20.3 just before the Thanksgiving break. This is the final feature release for this year of the Community and Enterprise editions of the universal virtual machine, and the first long-term support (LTS) release of GraalVM Enterprise.
This release also comes with a major improvement in GraalVM tooling that will interest Java devs: the new VSCode GraalVM extension for Java. It includes functionality designed to simplify working with Java projects. Šelajev listed four examples:
- Java syntax highlighting
- Java code completion
- Integrated Java debugger
- Integrated Polyglot debugger for GraalVM languages
"There's also a new VS Code Micronaut extension which leverages the features of the GraalVM extension for Java but also simplifies working with Micronaut apps, specifically helping to create new Micronaut projects and building native images of the Micronaut applications," Šelajev explained.
Oracle announced the release of GraalVM Enterprise, the commercial version of the open source, polyglot JVM, last year. Oracle touted its ability to provide better isolation and greater agility for enterprises in cloud and hybrid environments.
Both the GraalVM Enterprise Edition 20.3 and the GraalVM Community Edition 20.3 are available now for download.
A complete list of changes in the 20.3 release can be found on the GraalVM website. Šelajev's post is also loaded with additional useful detail.
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at [email protected].