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

Cheers,

– Terrence

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With the release of JDK 7 people have been asking “Where is JDK 7 for Mac OS X?”.

Apple and Oracle engineers are currently actively working on integrating the OS X Java code base into OpenJDK. This initial integration takes time and we can’t yet give you a specific date on the completion.

However, the integration is coming along well. You can check out the details of the Mac OS X Port Project within OpenJDK, see the status on the project wiki, and follow the mailing list. There are also regular (but unofficial) builds available for download.

Stay tuned.

Cheers,

– Terrence

PS: Of course, you can still always get the official Apple OS X JDK 6 implementation through the OS X “Software Update” mechanism.

NetBeans-7.0.1.pngHot off the press: NetBeans IDE 7.0.1 has just been released.

Beyond the numerous new features of NetBeans IDE 7.0, version 7.0.1 adds full JDK 7 support, integration of recent patches, and performance improvements. Find all the info and download here.

Also, listen in to our recent Java Spotlight Podcast episode 41, which features Geertjan Wielenga, Principal Product Manager for NetNeans.

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

Screen shot 2011-07-12 at 17.09.40.png The Java 7 launch happened last Wednesday – by all accounts it was a smashing success.

Attendees and viewers signed up in large numbers, good tweets rolled in, and we’ve heard very positive feedback from developers and partners around the world.

To quote from the main session, Trent Gray-Donald, Technical Lead for the Java 7 work at IBM, says:

“There is a major surge of energy in Java”

If you missed the live event: The Oracle media team worked hard to make the recordings available as soon as possible. All videos are now posted, including the main webcast, 4 technical breakout sessions, and the Q&A/panel discussion:

  • Main session, with Adam Messinger (VP of Development Fusion Middleware at Oracle), along with a number of industry and community leaders live from the U.S., Brazil, and the U.K.
  • Making Heads and Tails of Project Coin, Small Language Changes in JDK 7, with Joe Darcy
  • Divide and Conquer Parallelism with the Fork/Join Framework, with Mark Reinhold
  • The New File System API in JDK 7, Staffan Friberg
  • A Renaissance VM: One Platform, Many Languages, John Rose
  • Meet the Experts: Q&A and Panel Discussion, moderated by Henrik Ståhl

In particular, be sure to watch the “Meet the Experts” session, which covers a number of topics above and beyond the technical breakout sessions.

All videos are available at the Java 7 launch event page.

For a shorter summary webcast on Java 7 you can also check out the OTN video discussion with Adam Messinger, Mark Reinhold, John Rose, and Joe Darcy.

Getting started with Java 7:

The Java 7 Final Release will be available at the end of this month. To get started with the (near-final) Preview Release, check out the Java SE Documentation Home Page (with links downloads and many other resources).

Cheers,

– Terrence

Moving-Java7-forward.jpg Java 7 will be launched this Thursday, July 7, 2011. This release puts Java back on the tracks with a host of new features and improvements, moving Java 7 forward for developers, the industry, and the ecosystem.

To learn about this new release, please join us for the Java 7 Launch Event, held simultaneously in California, Brazil, and the U.K.:

  • Redwood Shores, CA, USA (Thursday, 9:00 am PT)
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil (Thursday, 1:00 pm BRT)
  • London, UK (Thursday, 5:00 pm BST)

or attend one of the many Java 7 events around the world, organized by local Java User Groups (JUGs).  Find your local JUG here. For a list of JUG events see The Java Spotlight Podcast episode #37 (planned for publication tomorrow, July 5th).

If you can’t attend an event in person you can view the webcast by registering:

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Cheers,

– Terrence

Screen shot 2011-02-18 at 11.12.58.png The TechCast “Java and Oracle, One Year Later” is now available in the OTN archives. Ajay Patel, VP Product Development, talks about a wide range of topics, changes, and plans since the Sun acquisition happened a year ago.

Some key quotes (partially paraphrased):

  • “One key thing we have learned … Java is not just a platform, it is also an ecosystem, and you can’t have an ecosystem without a community.”
  • “The objectives, strategically [for Java at Oracle] have been pretty clear: How do we drive adoption, how do we build a larger, stronger developer community, how do we really make the platform much more competitive.”
  • “It’s about transparency, involvement. IBM, RedHat, Apple have all agreed to working with us to make OpenJDK the best platform for open source development … it is a sign that the community has been waiting to move the Java platform forward.”
  • “It’s not just about Oracle anymore, it’s about Java, the technology, the community, the developer base, and how we work with them to move the innovation forward.”
  • “Java is strategic to Oracle, and the community is strategic for Java to be successful … it is critical to our business.”
  • On JavaFX 2.0: “… is coming to beta soon, with a release planned in second half [of 2011] … will give you a new, high-performance graphics engine, the new API for JavaFX … you will see a very strong, relevant platform for levering rich media platforms.”
  • On the JDK and SE: “… aggressively moving forward, JDK 7 is now code complete … looking good for getting JDK 7 out by summer as we promised. Started work on JDK 8, Jigsaw and Lambda are moving along nicely, on track for JDK 8 release next year … good progress.”
  • On Java EE and Glassfish: “… Very excited to have Glassfish 3.1 released, with clustering and management capabilities … working with the JCP to shortly submit a number of JSRs for Java EE 7 … You’ll see Java EE 7 becoming the platform for cloud-based development.”
  • “You will see Oracle continue to step up to this role of Java steward, making sure that the language, the technology, the platform … is competitive, relevant, and widely adopted.”

Highly recommended viewing.

Cheers,

– Terrence

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A quick weekend wrap-up of a couple of news-worthy items this week:

  • As Mark Reinhold reports, JDK 7 has reached feature-complete. This is great news as it means that JDK 7 is coming along pretty much on time and beta-testing can begin as soon as the Developer Preview is released.
  • Bruno Souza, representing the 40,000 members of SouJava, has been nominated by Oracle to the JCP Executive Committee. Read more about it on Henrik Stahl’s blog, or Patrick Curran’s blog.
  • The Java Spotlight episode 14 features Geertjan Wielenga, NetBeans Principle Product Manager at Oracle. Geerjan talks about the latest new and cool features in the NetBeans IDE as well as the benefits of using the NetBeans RCP platform for your own desktop applications.
  • And, last but not least, Facebook has announced a Java ME version of their mobile Facebook application, available immediately and working on more than 2,500 phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG, and others. For more information, see “The Daily Dose”.

Happy weekend! Cheers,

– Terrence

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