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Last week’s JavaOne conference provided insights in the roadmap for the Java platform as well as in the current state of things in the Java community. The close relationship between Oracle and IBM concerning Java, the (continuing) lack of such a relationship with Google, the support from Microsoft for Java applications on its Azure cloud and the vibrant developer community – with over 200 different Java User Groups in many countries of the world.
There were no major surprises or stunning announcements. Java EE 7 (release in June) was celebrated, the progress of Java 8 SE explained as well as the progress on Java Embedded and ME. The availability of NetBeans 7.4 RC1 and JDK 8 Early Adopters release as well as the open sourcing of project Avatar probably were the only real news stories. The convergence of JavaFX and Java SE is almost complete; the upcoming alignment of Java SE Embedded and Java ME is the next big consolidation step that will lead to a unified platform where developers can use the same skills, development tools and APIs on EE, SE, SE Embedded and ME development. This means that anything that runs on ME will run on SE (Embedded) and EE – not necessarily the reverse More >
That depends on who you ask. Some people primarily will have taken goodies from the exhibition floors with them while other may have focused on less tangible goods and gone for inspiration and vision. After the heyday (2006/2007), some waning years and the robust recovery (2011) after an initially tentative turn around (2010) this year seems to have been one of consolidation and careful further evolution. Some choices have been made – not all of them popular but most apparently sensible and reliable because backed by commercial sense.
While the double entendre of ‘SUNday’ no longer exists, this first day is still an important day. To set the stage, manage expectations, build on the atmosphere and layout the roadmap (starting that sometimes not even subtle massaging of the minds). The keynote sessions are the key events that define scope and themes for the conference.
Java is very much on the move again. After the virtual stand still just before and for a while after Oracle took over (from) Sun, last year saw a dramatic increase in the Java movement. This year that thread continues. Not with many spectacular announcement, but with a solid pursuit of earlier roadmaps and an apparently good collaboration between vendors in the Java space. The one big elephant in the room – that is actually not in the room at JavaOne – is Google. Otherwise for example, Oracle staff happily shared the stage for this keynote session with IBM.
This year’s overall slogan for JavaOne is: Make the future Java.
It is very much an invitation from Oracle to help bring the Java platform forward. In many ways: ideas, feedback, testing, propagating, creating code, joining JSR committees etc. Oracle and other vendors More >
- support keyboard (function key based) navigation in rich ADF Web pages (in addition to mouse based actions)
- support online and inline editing of customized (per context) resource bundle entries
- create a stand-alone viewer that allows users to inspect images (jpeg, tiff), PDF documents and Word and Excel documents
While working on these requirements, I have used – through Google, my main tool – a large number of very valuable resources on the internet. From the Oracle Technology Network Forums (OTN) to StackOverflow (http://stackoverflow.com), from personal blogs to corporate white papers as well as formal documentation – I have picked an incredible number of brains in a very condensed period of time.
I did not stop to leave notes of gratitude on all the sites I have come across. So I thought – for my own future reference as well as to pay some hommage to all these sites and individuals that helped me and to provide some insight in what challenges I faced and how I addressed them – to write More >
NetBeans 7.1 has just been released. It is interesting how NetBeans continues to evolve – after many doubts were raised with regard to its future after the Oracle-Sun acquisition. Oracle maintains two IDEs – each with its own objectives. JDeveloper to support Fusion Middleware development, NetBeans to propel the Java platform and its associates (Groovy/Grails, Scala) with even more focus on standards and open source. NetBeans also support PHP and C++ code development – though I have no personal experience worth mentioning in these areas.
NetBeans 7.1 is not a major overhaul – it is a continuation of the NetBeans IDE. However, it does add one major new area of functionality: JavaFX 2.0 support in addition to a number of valuable smaller enhancements. This article briefly touches upon a number of these enhancements – the one that most appealed to me. Download NetBeans 7.1 from http://netbeans.org/downloads/index.html.
An interesting webcast (10 minutes) about the 7.1 release can be found here: http://netbeans.org/kb/docs/ide/overview-screencast.html.
It is a very early morning in Redwood City. I am currently in a hotel with a great view on the imposing towers of Oracle’s Head Quarters (although it is dark and only a vague outline of the towers can actally be discerned). The largest Oracle show on the planet, the yearly Oracle Open World conference, is about to commence. This year, the largest Java show on Earth – JavaOne – has been incorporated, so that is about to get going too.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and top development executive Thomas Kurian are scheduled to discuss “Oracle’s vision for strengthened investment and innovation in Java and describe how Java will continue to grow as the most powerful, scalable, secure, and open platform for the global developer community,” according to an official description of their planned talk.
Today, I will be in the Oracle ACE Director product briefing. This is a gathering of the ACE Directors – a fairly select group of experts and community representatives in various areas of Oracle’s product portfolio, including Database, Fusion Middleware, Oracle Applications and various development tools. Product managers and other Oracle staff – including Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President More >