Oracle is changing its Java Development Kit backward compatibility policy to limit code line merges between different versions. The new policy will take effect with JDK 9 and is a result of the challenges involved in scaling parallel changes. "A developer who pushes a change into JDK 8 must also apply that change independently to JDK 9, if that change is applicable to JDK 9," said Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Oracle Java platform group.

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