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I wanted to draw your attention to a lot of good coverage of embedded topics in the last two issues of Java Magazine:
Current Issue (November/December):
- Theme: Internet of Things – Java is Everywhere. Interview with Henrik Stahl, VP Product Management, Oracle
- JCP Awards for JSR 360 (CLDC 8) as “Most Significant JSR” and JSR 360 Spec Lead Michael Lagally as “Outstanding Spec Lead”
- JCP Executive Series: Freescale’s Maulin Patel and The Java Advantage for IoT
- Robots Make Factories Smarter
- Code Java on the Raspberry Pi
- A Smart-Home Platform for the Mass Market
- The Device I/O API
Previous Issue (September/October):
- Duke’s Choice Award for Perrone Robotics and their driverless cars and PiDome Home Automation and Internet of Things platform
- The Maker Movement Evolves
- Winners of the IoT Developer Challenge
- Introducing Roboburgh
- JCP Executive Series: ARM’s Zach Shelby and The Rise of the Machines
- Fun and Games with Greenfoot and Kinect
- Getting Started with Home Automation
If you haven’t watched a talk on language stewardship and evolution in a while – I would highly recommend this one.
Brian Goetz, Oracle’s Java Language Architect, makes a brilliant, witty, and passionate case for pragmatic evolution of programming languages and provides compelling reasons why Java not only remains relevant as the top programming language and platform of choice but – even after 20 years – continues to deliver innovation that matters to the entire IT software ecosystem, including 9 million Java developers and those building software with alternate languages on top of the Java runtime.
At JavaOne a few weeks ago, Oracle made available the Java ME 8.1 Developer Preview release for the Freescale FRDM-K64F (“Java ME 8.1 in 190 KB RAM”) and announced the upcoming full release of Java ME Embedded 8.1 (press release).
On Monday this week, we followed up as promised and posted the General Availability (GA) releases of Oracle Java ME 8.1 and the Oracle ME SDK 8.1.
Oracle Java ME Embedded 8.1 and ME SDK 8.1 New Features and Enhancements
- Support for ARM Cortex-M3/-M4 micro-controllers
- Updated Raspberry Pi support
- Updated Developer Preview on FRDM-K64 with mbed
- Improved support for two additional Qualcomm Gobi device families
- New communication, security, and networking features
- New support for Eclipse IDE, including major update of the Eclipse MTJ plugin
- Developer improvements: Tooling over USB, heap analysis, faster communication
- A number of smaller enhancements and fixes
Java 8: Truly Scalable
With this release, Java ME 8 now fully lives up to its design promise of delivering a feature-rich Java 8 platform that scales from powerful embedded systems all the way down to resource-constrained singe-chip micro-controllers with as little as 128 KB of RAM.
Developers can now rely on a consistent, standards-based programming model and platform that allows true code reuse from large to small solutions … in most cases the same, unmodified application binary will run across the entire range of target devices – irrespective of the underlying hardware and software differences. This means faster time-to-market, improved security and flexibility, and the ability to deliver more product value, faster.
No other embedded software technology can do that today.
Call to Action
- See here for a high-level summary/announcement of Oracle Java ME Embedded 8.1 and Java ME 8 in general
- For more information on FRDM-K64F support, a sample project, and additional background, see my previous post
- For more info, check out the short slide deck “Introduction to Oracle Java ME Embedded 8.1 Developer Preview”
- To get started, download the Java ME Embedded 8.1 binaries and the Java ME SDK 8.1
- Be sure to refer to the comprehensive Java ME 8.1 documentation pages, including Release Notes, Getting Started Guides, and Developer’s Guide
- Read the post on The Java ME Blog, including sample code
- See the The Java Tutorials Blog to learn more about the documentation and the new Java ME Optimization Techniques chapter
- Head over to the OTN Java ME Embedded Forum for questions and discussions
Hear from Oracle, Volkswagen, Eurotech, Bosch, and Telit about Internet of Things benefits, challenges, and solutions – and, of course, the role Java Embedded plays in IoT.
Find more on my previous post.
There is a bunch of new content on Oracle’s “Internet of Things Platform” home page and related sub-tabs. Check it out:
- Internet of Things Interactive: Take a Walk Through the Future (interactive graphics)
- Embedded Systems and the Internet of Things – What’s Under the Hood? (article)
- Java Embedded for IoT (video)
- IoT in Motion – by Hitachi Consulting (solution brief)
- “A Perfect Match : Java and the Internet of Things” (article)
- Hughes Telematics Leverages Oracle SOA Suite for Connected Vehicle Platform (video)
… and much more. Feel free to browse around, there is also a range of previous but still very relevant content as well.
In case you haven’t seen it yet:
Oracle released a new video about the challenges of building embedded solutions in the Internet of Things and how Java Embedded can help, including some interesting data and real-world use cases.
Java Embedded for IoT (2:51)
- 10/9/14: See also the JavaOne interview with Dimitar Valtchev, CTO of ProSyst
Last week at JavaOne, ProSyst announced a Scalable Device Management Solution System for Java ME devices, see here for the press release.
Using the ProSyst mPRM backend and cloud remote device management solution allows customers to remotely monitor and manage gateways and end devices, based on both Java SE and Java ME, from a single management domain using a range of device management operations and protocols.
mPRM has been shown to scale to more than 4,000,000 online devices in simulated operations on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud systems, and is in commercial use at a number of large service providers.
Another good reason to consider Java Embedded for your next IoT solution.
I just uploaded the two presentations for my talks:
- Java ME 8 Versus Java SE 8: What Developers Need to Know [CON6219]
- Java ME 8: Java That Scales from the Desktop to Tiny Embedded [CON6222]
I am also working on making available the sample code/NetBeans project for the 2nd talk – watch this space.
FYI: The slides of most of the other JavaOne talks are also available for download, if you are looking for more.