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Java One From Far Away

I have been at JavaOne since 1996, its inaugural year. In 1996, JavaOne was colocated with the Software Development conference, which has since fallen on hard times and vanished. But at the time, half of the exhibitors were from SD, and the other half from JavaOne. Weirdly enough, the JavaOne booths were all yellow with a bit of red and blue, so it looked as if the SD half of the exhibit hall represented the free world and the Java One half a totalitarian regime. This year, JavaOne is again colocated with another conference, Oracle OpenWorld, but I am on sabbatical in Vietnam, so I didn't get to enjoy the show. However, through the miracle of the blogosphere, it is amazing how much information one can get without actually being present. In fact, maybe it's helpful to be outside the reality distortion field. Here is my take from afar. 1. As already hinted, Java SE 7 will have modest improvements and be delivered in 2011. Java SE 8 is promised for 2012. 2. I didn't hear anything about Java EE 7, but that's ok—the EE 6 app servers are just rolling out. 3. There were encouraging words about commitment to GlassFish and NetBeans. 3. The big surprise announcement is Java FX 2.0. A release is promised in 2011 with an ambitious roadmap. There will be Java bindings to the API, which means you no longer have to use FX Script. Now that's something that I have asked for ever since I first heard of Java FX...


Date: September, 30 2010
Url: http://www.java.net/blog/cayhorstmann/archive/2010/09/29/java-one-far-away


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