What Does OpenJDK Mean?

OpenJDK is an open-source version of the Java development kit. The Java development kit is a key resource for applications utilizing the Java platform. As a key Java tool, OpenJDK is extremely useful in a software development context, and relatable to the diverse tech stacks that developers work with as they innovate Java-based apps, features and microservices.


Techopedia Explains OpenJDK

Essential functions of the Java development kit involve helping developers to compile source code and packaging application components. In addition to these utilities, the Java development kit also provides resources for other peripheral programming languages. OpenJDK, which was started by Sun Microsystems in 2006, is now administrated by Oracle and available under the GNU General Public license.


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