This week I’d like to talk about one of the major upgrades we will be pushing over the next week. Generally I want to keep my message in the here and now but this is a major upgrade and deserves some pre-announcement.
Early next week we will be upgrading our backend to Grails v2.5.4. This upgrade has been a major undertaking by our engineering teams and we have been prepping for this upgrade for about a month now. Once the update is in production we will be able to move forward on a few other significant upgrades that we think will allow us to make further improvements to the performance and reliability of the entire platform.
To start, once we upgrade to Grails v2.5.4 we will be able to start work on upgrading our backend Java to Java 8. Java 8 is a big update and provides us with a lot of extra features that we don’t currently get. For example, we will be able to tune and tool our backend performance more granularly. Also, Java 8 is just a more stable Java product and has more support from the Java community.
We are sure there will be other notable changes so we are letting this update soak in our staging environment right now and verifying what these changes will mean for you. @slagle will be releasing a wider look into the changes and will be a resource to you as you develop on Grails 2.5.4. Expect a update from Tim early next week detailing all the changes.
These next few weeks and months will be centered around making these upgrades and I will make sure everyone is kept in the loop as we make progress.