The current Java.net poll question is "What is your view of the emerging JDK 7?" As of this blog post, the results are pretty mixed. Just over 40% of the 280 votes are for strongly positive replies of "major step forward" and "important features" while another 40% of respondents have chosen the strongly negative response "most significant problems are not addressed." The rest of the votes are mostly for the lukewarm response "typical JDK release."
In some respects, I am a little surprised that there isn't a higher percentage of dissatisfied respondents. With all of the angst expressed online regarding favorite features excluded from Java SE 7, I expected greater disappointment. It may be that some have resigned themselves to missing a favorite feature or two or it may be that many Java developers feel that the features still planned for Java SE 7 are compelling enough to warrant one of the two more strongly positive results.
The comments on this poll are particularly insightful. These comments seem to validate my own experience and feelings: improved modularity is something to be excited about in Java SE 7, but it would be nice to have a better date/time API and it would be really nice to have reified generics.
In general, I could have voted on a couple of the responses. Although I would have really liked to have seen some of the cut proposed features make it into Java SE 7, I am looking forward to better modularity, null safe operators, improved exception handling, and automatic resource management support. A JVM feature outside of the Java language that I look forward to is the improved support for dynamic languages.