Mark Reinhold provided a significant clarification of issues surrounding the surprise announcement that closures will be included in Java 7 in his new blog post Closures for Java: The Q&A. I'm featuring Mark's post in Java Today.

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Mark spends some time both defending himself and stating that there is good reason why he ended up being the one to initiate a new proposal for inclusion of closures in Java 7. He says:

At heart I