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java7-download.png Java releases at Oracle are becoming a clockwork operation. As planned, JDK 7u4 is now available, along with JavaFX 2.1, and new versions of Java SE for Embedded. Specifically:

Java SE 7 Update 4:

    • For the first time, official support for Mac OS X
  • Includes the highly anticipated G1 (“Garbage First”) garbage collector, improving memory management for very large applications
  • Next step in converging Oracle JRockit and HotSpot VMs, offering the best features of both technologies
  • Numerous performance improvements to the JVM
  • OpenJDK continues to host the development of Java SE 7 on Mac OS X and the JDK 8 reference implementation

Java FX 2.1:

  • Available for Windows and Mac OS X (with Linux support currently as preview release)
  • Includes playback of MPEG-4 multimedia containing H.264/AVC video and AAC audio
  • New WebView support for JavaScript to Java method calls, which enables JavaScript content to leverage Java for demanding operations
  • Support for enhanced font rendering on LCD displays, including sub-pixel rendering
  • Additional UI enhancements such as combo box, stacked chart, and application-wide menu bar
  • Bundled with the Java 7u4 release
  • Oracle has started the OpenJFX project in OpenJDK as part of the plan to open source JavaFX

Java SE for Embedded 6 and 7:

  • Java SE for Embedded is the product line that brings Java SE to a number of embedded platforms and includes many features and performance enhancements targeted to embedded requirements, such as low footprint, power usage, and performance
  • Java SE 7u4 Embedded and Java SE 6u32 Embedded 6 releases are now available, following Java SE releases in lockstep
  • For more details, see here

For information, see the press release. For more details and a Q&A, check Henrik Stahl’s blog.

To download, go here.

Cheers,

– Terrence

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Just back from Brazil and no time to catch my breath … so much happening:

  • JavaOne Latin America was a blast – so much enthusiasm in the developer community! Check out some of the videos and podcasts, including the JavaOne Community Keynote, OTN interviews with a variety of Java luminaries, as well as the Java Spotlight Podcast #60: JavaOne Latin America: Videos and Podcasts
  • Java 7u2 has been released, featuring an updated VM, support for Oracle Solaris 11, support for Firefox 5 and later, and security fixes. Also, JavaFX 2.0.2 is now included with Java SE to make developing and running JavaFX applications even easier: Java SE 7u2 Release Notes, JavaFX 2.0.2 Release Notes
  • Aligning with mainline JDK development, Java SE Embedded 7u2 has been released as well. This release includes new ports to Linux on PPC and performance improvements on ARM systems by 20-40%. Also, Oracle intends to port JavaFX to Linux on ARM in order to support a broad range of platforms from mid-range embedded all the way to desktops: Henrik’s blog on the Java SE Embedded 7u2 release.
  • Lots of activity around JavaFX as well – interest is really taking off. Point in case: A new project, eFX, has been started on java.net aiming to create a generic application framework for JavaFX 2.0 based on the NetBeans platform: Geertjan’s blog on eFX
  • Finally, OTN put together a list of their “Most Popular Tech Articles of 2011″. Java topics, from Java SE 7 and 8 features, Java EE 6, JSF, and JavaFX dominate the list. Have a look: Our Most Popular Tech Articles of 2011

Cheers,

– Terrence

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I will be speaking at the goto: conference, in Prague in the Czech Republic, on Nov 22 and 23 – doing two talks:

  • The keynote “The Future of Java”
  • A session on “Embedded Java: Smart, Connected, Pervasive”

I hope to see you in Prague. If you haven’t registered yet, you can use the promotion code “oracle” and get a €100 price break.

Cheers,

– Terrence

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Finally, I get a chance to catch my breath. JavaOne has been extremely busy and while there are still a few hours of good talks to go here is a quick summary so far:

General observations:

The vibe is very positive. Attendance is significantly up over previous years and the show is well organized. Feedback from attendees has been very excouraging – lots of good buzz on #javaone and other social channels. Many sessions are sold out or standing-room only.

Announcements:

This year’s JavaOne left no doubt Java is moving again, and picking up steam. Throughout the conference and in the various keynotes there was a host of announcements, strategic initiatives, roadmaps, product releases and updates.

I’ll try to summarize, focusing on the Java Platform, Java SE, and Java ME technologies:

Java SE and the Java Platform:

  • Oracle announces plans for advancing the Java SE Platform, including a vision beyond JDK 8
  • A JDK 7 for Mac OS X Developer Preview is now available, with full developer and consumer releases planned for 2012
  • NetBeans 7.1 Beta is now available, featuring full Java SE 7 support
  • Oracle details plans for JDK 8, proposed features, and a revised roadmap with extended scope, now scheduled for availability in summer 2013
  • Oracle is continuing its work to merge the HotSpot and JRockit JVMs, with the first converged features available in JDK 7
  • IBM announces availability of Java SE 7 across its products lines, the faster ever adoption of a new Java SE release by IBM
  • Oracle recently announced availability of Java SE 7 for Embedded on ARM and x86 platforms

OpenJDK:

  • OpenJDK hosts the development of JDK 7 for Mac OS X, JDK 8, and becomes the reference implementation for Java SE 8 and beyond
  • Twitter joins OpenJDK

JavaFX and Rich Client UI Technology:

  • The JavaFX 2.0 GA for Windows is now available
  • A JavaFX 2.0 for Mac OS X Developer Preview is now available, with GA releases planned starting 2012
  • NetBeans 7.1 Beta is now available, with JavaFX 2.0 support
  • Oracle details JavaFX roadmap to 2013, including cross-platform support for Mac OS X and Linux
  • Oracle announces plans to open source the JavaFX platform in the OpenJDK project
  • A private Beta for JavaFX Scene Builder is now available, with public Beta planned in early 2012
  • Oracle announces Project ‘Avatar’: A complete solution for Dynamic Rich Clients, including HTML5 support and back-end integration

Java ME:

  • Oracle increases investment in Java ME
  • Oracle Java Wireless Client (OJWC) 3.1 is now available
  • Oracle announces plans to evolve the Java ME Platform and align Java ME with Java SE 7 through:
    • Submission of new JSRs over the coming months
    • Updates of the CLDC Platform VM and library specifications to enable better alignment with Java SE 7 features
    • Creation of a “CDC Profile” in Java SE 8, which allows deployment of Java SE 8 implementations in resource-constrained environments
  • JavaFX to become the graphics framework of choice for mid-range and high-end embedded platforms
  • Oracle announces intent for full coverage of embedded vertical markets
  • Oracle plans increased and deeper integration of Java ME with content services (“Mobile Services Integration”)

For more information and details, please see the related press releases:

Summary

After speaking to many developers over the past days it’s clear JavaOne has brought renewed excitement and energy to the Java community. I personally am particularly excited about Java FX 2.0, the Mac OS X support for JDK 7 and JavaFX, and bringing Java ME back to the mainstream platform again.

Two more related links:

Cheers,

– Terrence

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Some quick updates and links that have accumulated over the past days:

Cheers,

– Terrence

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The JUG in Toulouse, France is hosting me for a Java 7 Event:

Java 7: The Platform Evolves
Wednesday, Sep 14, 18:30
@ Epitech
Toulouse, France

More information on the Toulouse JUG home page.

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
— terrence

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These two posts hit the airwaves just recently, wanted to make sure you are aware of them:

Cheers,

– Terrence

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Some quick updates and links that have accumulated over the past days:

Cheers,

– Terrence

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After ups and downs, planning and replanning, years of hard work, and lots of input from the community Java SE 7 has been made generally available TODAY.

Check out the following links:

And finally: Download it!

Cheers,

– Terrence

DukeRockStar02.pngIf you haven’t had a look at The Java Spotlight Podcast lately, I recommend you check out some of the recent episodes.

We’ve been busy covering a broad spectrum of topics, from the Java 7 Launch, Glassfish 3.1, JVM Performance and Quality, Java Mobile Platform development, all the way to bringing Java to Nintento DS with phoneME:

  • Episode 38: Adam Messinger, Vice President of Development Fusion Middleware at Oracle, on the JDK 7 release and more
  • Episode 37: Michelle Kovak, Java Brand Manager, on the Java 7 Launch
  • Episode 36: Anil Gaur, Vice President of Java Platform Enterprise Edition, on Glassfish 3.1
  • Episode 35: Vladimir Ivanov, Ivan Krylov, Sergey Kuksenko on JDK 7 VM performance and quality
  • Episode 34: Chuk Munn Lee on using phoneME on Ninendo DS
  • Episode 33: Sreekumar Pillai, CTO of Experion, on Java Mobile Platform development

Don’t forget that each episode also comes with a written transcript as well as show notes with a host of URLs, pointing to more details, events, and other information.

Cheers,

– Terrence

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