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With Mobile World Congress just finished the next big wireless show is only 2 weeks away: CTIA Wireless.

I won’t be there myself, but Oracle is putting together the

Oracle Developer Day 2010, March 23

Running from 11:00 am to 5 pm there is an array of talks for mobile developers on how to leverage Oracle technologies, including Java, to build compelling and scalable mobile applications:

  • Rapid and Declarative Mobile Application Development with Oracle Technologies, by Denis Tyrell, Senior Director, Server Technologies
  • Mobile Application Development with the Java ME SDK, by Hinkmond Wong, Principal Member of Technical Staff
  • Oracle Data Synchronization & Device Management for Mobile Platforms, by Boris Berdichevskiy, Development Manager
  • Creating Expressive Multi-Screen Content with JavaFX, by John Burkey, Chief Architect, Java and JavaFX Client Technologies
  • Java Card(TM) 3 Connected Platform: Opening development opportunities for billions of connected devices, by Peter Allenbach, Java Card Engineering

Additionally, on March 24:

  • Oracle Berkeley DB: Embedded data storage for devices, appliances, and applications, by Jon Milelli, Solution Architecture Director, Oracle Embedded Global Business Unit

For more information and the complete schedule please see here. Be sure to register.

Cheers,

– Terrence

Just a quick note: Here is an interesting piece by Kay Glahn (ex-spec lead for JSR-249/MSA2) about Oracle’s vision for Java, in particular in the mobile and embedded space.

Cheers,

– Terrence

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It’s that time again … Mobile World Congress is upon us next week.

Sun and Oracle will be present in several locations exhibiting technologies, products, and services focused on communication.

At the Oracle Pavilion (AV #44) there will be demonstrations of the Sun Netra 6000 blades, the Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0 solution, and a number of other products. More information and links can be found in the press release.

The Oracle-Sun booth in hall 8 (#8C55) will be all about mobile and wireless technologies, tools, and programs:

There are also a number of events planned by both Oracle and Sun. Come see us at the booth for more information.

I’ll be at the Oracle-Sun booth every day, so please stop by for a chat or to ask questions.

And finally, MWC is known for it’s parties and networking. I’ll definitely be at Swedish Beers – hope to see you there.

Cheers,

– Terrence

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UPDATES:

I was tied up in meetings most of the day yesterday so part 3 of the news round-up comes a day late … apologies.

Today, I’d like to summarize the highlights around developer communities and developer engagement under the Oracle+Sun announcements. I am mainly referring to “Overview and Frequently Asked Questions for the Developer Community” published on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), but I will be including additional information I have collected in the past few days.

Summary points:

  • Oracle has a long history of engaging with developers on many levels and this history will continue with respect to Sun’s developer communities
  • The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is one of the industry’s largest developer communities for both Oracle technologies as well as other industry-standard technologies such as Java and Linux. It is similar to the Sun Developer Network (SDN) in that it binds together the technical end-user community as well as Oracle developers and managers.
  • OTN features events, news, blogs, articles, wikis, discussions/forums, webcasts, downloads, FAQs, and more across a wide range of technology aspects, including databases, middleware, developer tools, enterprise management, and applications. Specifically for Java, check out the Java Developer Center.
  • Many of Sun’s developer sites and communities will remain unchanged in the near future: The Sun Developer Network (SDN), java.sun.com, java.net, BigAdmin, NetBeans.org, and others continue to operate normally. Some may be redesigned and integrated into OTN in the future in communication with the developer community.
  • Oracle enthusiastically supports Sun’s user groups such as the Java User Groups (JUGs), OpenSolaris User Groups, Java Champions, and other Sun-related user groups and has already started to reach out to these groups.
  • Oracle will also continue the tradition of Java evangelists committed to developer outreach, events, and programs.
  • Oracle will continue to invest in the Sun Academic Initiative (SAI) and Java Education and Development Initiative (JEDI) as well as in student communities generally, although the programs may be modified somewhat or migrated over to the Oracle Academy. More details to be provided as they become available.
  • Certification programs for Sun technologies: Oracle is committed to provide comprehensive training and certification programs in Sun technologies and will honor exam vouchers purchased through Sun.

JavaOne 2010:

As reported before JavaOne 2010 will be co-located with Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco in the week of September 19. The call for papers (CFP) will go out shortly.

Sign up for the Oracle Developer Network (OTN):

Your SDN account will not be automatically migrated over to OTN. Sign up for a free account. Also, OTN features a number of regular publications such as the Java-related Dev2Dev Newsletter. Find more information here.

Cheers,

– Terrence

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UPDATES:

This is part 2 of the Oracle+Sun News Round-Up. You can find part 1 here. Part 3 comes tomorrow.

Today I focus on the Oracle’s Java Developer Tools Strategy Webcast with Ted Farrell, Chief Architect and Senior Vice President of Tools and Middleware at Oracle.

Talking points in the webcast:

  • Oracle’s motto is “Productivity with Choice”, meaning developers can pick the environment and tools they want – Oracle supports these choices of implementation technologies, development styles, platforms and databases, and IDEs
  • Oracle’s main Java development tools today are JDeveloper / Oracle ADF as well as Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse
  • NetBeans will be offered as additional choice in the developer tools suite, complementing JDeveloper and Enterprise Pack for Eclipse and leveraging functionality between these tools
  • Hudson, Sun’s Continuous Integration Server, will move forward with increased investment and continue to be offered
  • Zembly has been discontinued by Sun in Nov 2009
  • Kenai is Sun’s hosted collaboration server. Oracle plans to discontinue the public interface of Kenai at this time and bring Kenai back in-house, add features, and leverage it for internal projects. Kenai may be brought back as a public offering later if appropriate.
  • NetBeans aims to be the best Java IDE, and will focus on Java and JavaFX technologies for EE, SE, and ME/mobile Java, as well as the NetBeans platform
  • Oracle will turn to and invest in the NetBeans community for additional features such as dynamic languages, plug-ins, etc.
  • NetBeans.org stays the same – the place for participation, plug-ins, platform, dialog, support, etc.
  • No short-term changes planned to NetBeans Partner Programs
  • Licensing/support/maintainance: No licenses will change. NB 6.7 and earlier follows Sun support policy. NB 6.8 follows Oracle support policies – better policy with more choices
  • New collaboration resource: Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and specifically the Java Technology Center, featuring events, news, blogs, articles, discussions/forums, webcasts, downloads, FAQs, and more
  • Events: Oracle OpenWorld/Develop, OTN Developer Days, user group events, and more. See the OTN site.
  • JavaOne: Continues as open community event for Java, co-located with Oracle Open World in San Francisco (Sep 19-23, 2010), plus taking JavaOne on the road to Brazil, Russia, India, China

That wraps up Ted’s webcast. Part 3 of the Oracle+Sun: Java News Round-Up follows tomorrow.

Cheers,

– Terrence

Picture 2.pngLast week saw a flurry of news, announcements, webcasts, and information around the Oracle-Sun acquisition.

In fact, there was so much detail it is easy to miss some of it … so I thought I’d summarize the most significant bits focusing on Java and the Java ecosystem (keep in mind that more information is becoming available on a daily basis so this is necessarily incomplete).

This is part 1 which is about the Java strategy. Part 2 (tomorrow) will be about Java developer tools, and part 3 (the day after) will be on developer communities.

Today, let’s dive into the webcast I already pointed out in my last blog:

The Oracle + Sun: Java Strategy Webcast, with Hassan Rizivi, VP of Oracle Fusion Middleware Development and Jeet Kaul, VP of Java Development.

High-level summary of the webcast:

  • Continued investment in Java platform across a range of servers and devices
  • Fuel futher innovation in the Java platform and JavaFX
  • Continue to support developer community, open source, and JCP

Specific talking points:

  • Java is critical to the IT industry, from smart cards all the way to enterprise servers
  • There are 9 million Java developers around the world, making Java the most popular programming language
  • Oracle relies heavily on Java: Middleware already is built on Java and future applications will be built on Java
  • Oracle has a long history of Java innovation and success
  • Oracle has been a JCP EC member for a long time
  • Continue to drive Java as the most widely used, productive, innovative, reliable, performant, and pervasive platform
  • HotSpot and JRocket continue to be strategic JVMs going forward
  • JDK 7 work continues, releases coming up in 2010, including improvements for dynamic languages
  • Java SE (desktop) is a core area of continued investment
  • Java EE (enterprise): Glassfish continues as the Java EE reference implementation and open source project (Oracle has already contributed to the Glassfish community in the past). See also Arun Gupta’s blog on Glassfish.
  • Java ME (mobile Java): Continue to advance the platform, improve performance, deliver optimized implementations, bring JavaFX to mobile
  • Unification of Java ME and Java SE APIs and capabilities
  • Improve interoperability between Java, JavaFX, and JavaScript
  • JavaFX is the platform for cross-platform content delivery, complementing Oracle’s existing technologies
  • Oracle will expand partnerships around embedded Java
  • The Java for Business support program will continue and expand under Oracle
  • JavaOne: Continues as open community event for Java, co-located with Oracle Open World in San Francisco (Sep 19-23, 2010), plus taking JavaOne on the road to Brazil, Russia, India, China

It’s clear that Oracle understands the importance of Java for its own business as well as for the IT industry as a whole. I’m happy to see a focus on the important topics that matter to developers and the Java ecosystem. Stay tuned.

For further information:

  • Be sure to bookmark the Oracle and Sun top-level page, which includes press releases, and information on products, downloads, customers and partners, support/services/sales, keynotes, and more
  • Also see the the Oracle + Sun Product Strategy Webcast Series containing videos on hardware, systems, software, solutions, and partner strategy

Cheers,

– Terrence

Picture 2.png With the acquisition of Sun many people in the Java community are asking themselves: What are Oracle’s plans for the Java platform?

Oracle is coming out swinging: Java is critical to their business and Oracle will be investing heavily into the Java platform and the Java ecosystem going forward. Please be sure to watch the following webcasts:

  • Thomas Kurian, EVP of Product Development at Oracle, talks about Oracle’s software strategy: webcast, slides
  • Hassan Rizivi, VP of Oracle Fusion Middleware Development and Jeet Kaul, VP of Java Development, talk about the Oracle + Sun Java Strategy: webcast (or click the screenshot)

I will be collecting some of the details in a later blog, but for now you can check out Jim Weaver’s blog where he summarized some key messages.

Cheers,

– Terrence

fx-composer-screencast.pngYesterday, the JavaFX Composer plug-in for NetBeans 6.8 was released. Lukas put together a six minute screencast that shows you how to build a simple JavaFX application without any coding. Check it out.

Cheers,

– Terrence

IMG_2239-small.jpgUPDATES:

JavaFX Mobile 1.2 for Windows Mobile was released as Early Access in July. Since they, our team has been busy polishing the code, fixing bugs, and implementing some major performance improvements. Yesterday, the final release hit javafx.com.

You can download the release bundle from the downloads page and start writing and deploying applications to your mobile phone immediately. Check out the ReleaseNotes.pdf, which are part of the download bundle, for more information. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, see my previous blog post regarding JavaFX Mobile for Windows Mobile, including a full screencast.

And while your on javafx.com, you might as well check out the Tutorial section – lots of new material available!

Cheers,

– Terrence

Note regarding license terms:

As per the terms of the license you may develop and run commercial applications on the JavaFX Mobile binary stack but you may not distribute the JavaFX Mobile binary stack nor bundle it with your application. For more information please see the license and the ReleaseNotes.pdf.

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This weekend SiliconIndia brings the Mobile Application Conference India to Bangalore. Sun is a conference sponsor and we are preparing a bunch of content and information around Sun’s technologies and programs such as the JavaFX Partner Program, the Java ME SDK 3.0, latest JavaFX applications and tools, and the Java Store.

The Sun India team would love to see you there!

Cheers,

– Terrence

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