Java SE 7, 8, 9 - Moving Java Forward
Java SE 7, 8, 9 - Moving Java Forward
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Today was keynote day. JavaOne Keynote was happening this early morning from 8:30 to 10:30 am and one more time my press pass got me into it quite early. So I had the time taking some very personal pictures from all the key players while they were getting ready and probably nervous. Ballroom A+B is quite a big room. In contrast to last year they changed the arrangement and put the stage on the long side. That brought many people closer to the happenings and it was a great feeling at all. I also partly enjoyed the little warm-up movie. Even if there was a odd feel to it seeing all the diverse people running around. Even if I am slightly overweight, I would prefer to see some very cool kids running through such a video. Anyway: Nice work. Next time please try to get the Black Eyed Peas for that ;)
Intel outside please
Welcome to the Future - Java 7
|Charles Oliver Nutter - Mark Reinhold|
Mark has a good way in presenting and he even got the hardest bits out with lightweight slides and fluent words so it was a pleasure to follow him along the benefits of these key features of Java 7. Most important for all developers is, that “Not only are these features available in Java 7 today,” noted Reinhold, “but as of last week, they are now supported in all three of the major Java IDEs.”
Moving forward - Java SE 8
|Mark Reinhold - Project Jingsaw|
General Availability of JavaFX 2.0
|Stunning JavaFX demos|
- Cross Platform
- Leverage Java
- Advanced Tooling
- Developer Productivity
- Amazing User Interfaces.
No longer being eye-candy "user interfaces that look good and work well" are a requirement for the things we do, said Bair. The most important aspect of any UI technology are good visual development tools. Surprise was, that the early access for the JavaFX Scene Builder, which will first be made available to select partners, then expanded to a general beta, and then a full release. You can get your hands on and early build it at JavaOne at the DEMOgrounds. Most applause came from the fact, that the official demos and documentations are BSD licensed and part of the bundle, you can download. This simple stuff was followed by a series of stunning demos by Oracle's Jasper Potts. He showed the possibilities of the new client platform including animated 2D and 3D, audio EQ mapping, and a navigable 3D virtual room that featured live video.
Is that Rain? - Java EE 7 in the cloud!
|Arun Gupta taking GlassFish 4.x for a ride!|
Finally Hinkmond Wong, of Oracle’s Java Embedded group gave an overview of the latest in JavaCard technologies. By that time attendees started moving out of the keynotes. It was a very long one with a lot of topics in general and so I can understand every single one moving out.
What does all this mean? Any surprises? Anything unclear or need further thoughts? Not really. Compared to last years excitement there are hardly any exciting things on the agenda. Nobody is complaining, no big surprises. This is good. It means we have calmed down a bit. The trust is building and Oracle is obviously doing more stuff in the open (especially the works around OpenJDK should be mentioned here) and we do see a lot of technical progress in the complete platform in general. Of course, we do miss some faces from last year. And knowing a little more than you out there, I can think of a few more things to come over the next few months. But this will not be negative surprises, so it's easy for me to keep the secrets for some more time.
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