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What's New in Java 16

by Sander Mak

This course provides an overview of the most important features in Java 16. It covers Records and Pattern Matching, two major new language features. Furthermore, you’ll learn about an all-new packaging tool added to the JDK, and many improvements to the JVM.

What you'll learn

Java 16 is the first Java release in 2021. In this course, What's New in Java 16, you'll get an overview of all the important features in Java 16.

First, you will learn about a new feature called Records, introducing lightweight data classes in the Java language.

Next, you will discover how pattern matching can improve your code.

Finally, you will explore how to create native installers for Java applications using the new jpackage tool that is now part of the JDK as well as all the improvements made to the JVM. When you're finished with this course, you will be ready to make the most of Java 16 in your own projects.

About the author

Sander is Director of Technology at Picnic —the Dutch online grocery scale-up— building Java-based systems at scale. He also is a Java Champion and author of the O'Reilly book 'Java 9 Modularity' (see As an avid conference speaker, Sander loves sharing knowledge, also through his blog at and as Pluralsight instructor.

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