This may be grossly over optimistic on my part, but, it feels like spring is just around the corner. And we all know what that means. This March, Java 8 will finally be here - and we’ll be taking a special look into some key areas around this release in this issue. Click here to get your free JAX Magazine download going. As ever, we’ve kept ourselves busy finding plenty of intelligent, analytical, and just-generally-quite-helpful articles to keep you occupied now that the big J-8 is really GA. To whet your appetite, we’ve got a guide to getting started with the Streams-API in Java 8 by Sven Ruppert. Step by step, he outlines what the advantages of this feature are for you, and how devs can make the best use of it.