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Screen shot 2011-02-21 at 18.13.33.png I’m looking forward to participating in embeddedworld 2011 next week (March 1 through 3) in Nuremberg, Germany.

embeddedworld exhibition & conference is world’s biggest exhibition of its kind and features a significant focus on software. Oracle will be present with sessions, a booth, and meetings with customers and partners.

Oracle Sessions:

  • Tue, 5:00-5:30 pm”: “Java – The Smart in the Smart Grid, Smart Metering, and Smart Data” – Dr. Rainer Eschrich
  • Wed, 11:00-11:30 am: “Java in the Real World: Experiences with Real-Time Java for Device Control” – Greg Bollella
  • Thu, 9:00-9:45 am: “What‘s New in Embedded Java: An Update” – I will be replacing Mike Piech for this talk

The full conference program can be found here.

Our booth, where we will be showing products and doing a number of demos, is located in Hall 11 at F226. Check us out for Oracle’s embedded Java clients, Berkeley DB, JavaCard, and more. And don’t miss the prizes and the espresso!

Hope to see you next week!


— 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.


— Terrence


A couple of newsworthy bits have collected over the past few days:


— Terrence

logo-logitech.png Ever so often (too often, actually) you come across a product or service that’s so obviously ill-conceived that you go “Huh? What were they thinking?”. This is about one of those products.

Traditionally, when you upgrade a product you already have with a newer, more expensive version you would expect that newer version to be at least as functional as the old version, right? Well, with Logitech Harmony Remotes you’d be wrong.

I’ve been using a Logitech Harmony 525 for a few years now and it generally worked pretty well. However, the hardware gave up yesterday, so it was time to look for a new device. And I’ve been wanting up upgrade to a color and/or touch screen anyway, so I hopped on the Logitech website to choose a new remote (hey, Logitech … here is business coming your way!).

The Harmony 650 caught my eye. It is about 30% more expensive than my 525 model was, but has a better build and a color screen. So I ordered it, expecting it to simply replace my 525. Easy, right? Wrong!

Turns out, while the 525 model was capable of controlling 10 devices (amplifier, TV, satellite, radio, DVD, etc) the 650 model is only capable of controlling 5 devices.

Most reasonably interesting entertainment systems or home theater setups have more than 5 devices. My system has 7. That means an upgrade to the newer, more expensive product is really a downgrade – it won’t do what the previous version could already do. In fact, you have to go up way high into the Harmony product line now to find a remote that supports 10 devices – at nearly 2.5x the price of the previous product.

It appears that Logitech, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to force upgrading customers into buying a much more expensive products just to maintain the functionality they already have. And to implicitly more than double the prices on most other customers along the way.

Stupid move, Logitech. Thanks, but no thanks.


— Terrence

Screen shot 2011-02-16 at 17.09.58.png Berkeley DB is a high-performance, robust, and scalable persistence library for a wide range of use cases, including embedded applications and devices.

Berkeley DB features a Java Edition, is available with a dual-license model (open source and commercial license), and has been deployed in a number of embedded scenarios such as smart meters and vertical mobile applications.

To learn more about the Berkeley DB features, technology, use cases, and more tune in to the TechCast Live with Dave Segleau and Justin Kestelyn,


— Terrence

OTN-TechCast.pngAjay Patel is Oracle’s VP of Product Development for Application Grid Products – and my boss 😉

Tune in to watch a special OTN TechCast Live tomorrow, Tue Feb 15 @ 10 am PST and hear Ajay talk about the changes that have come to Java and Oracle since the Sun acquisition 12 months ago.


— Terrence

Nokia's new Chief Executive, Stephen Elo...Nokia's new Chief Executive, Stephen Elop speaks during a press conference on September 10, 2010 in Espoo, Finland. The world's largest mobile phone maker Nokia named a new software-oriented chief executive, Microsoft's Stephen Elop, to help it battle slumping profits and an eroding market share in the smartphone market. AFP PHOTO/LEHTIKUVA / Markku Ulander *** FINLAND OUT *** (Photo credit should read MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images) From “A memorandum by Nokia’s chief executive has delivered a blunt assessment of the company’s predicament, likening it to that of a man on a “burning platform” torn between being burnt alive and jumping into icy waters.”

You can read the full text of Stephen Elop’s memo at

Interesting times indeed.


— Terrence

mwc_logo_11.gif If you’re following the mobile space at all I’m sure you’re well aware of Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. I won’t be there in person this year, but a number of folks from Oracle will be.

I just wanted to make sure you know that Oracle is offering a series of 25 free workshops at the Oracle Java booth 7C18, covering a range of topics:

  • Benefits of Deploying Phones with Oracle Java Wireless Client
  • Oracle’s Embedded Java solutions for Machine-to-Machine applications
  • Building better User Interfaces with the Lightweight User Interface Toolkit
  • Resources to help you leverage Operator Network APIs in your Applications
  • The Java Verified Program: new trusted status and other recent initiatives
  • Building better mobile enterprise applications with Oracle’s ADF Mobile technology
  • How to build a profitable mobile applications business with Java ME
  • Guest speakers from Orange, Telefonica and from leading ISVs

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As mentioned above these workshops are free, but you need to register. More info here.

Also, Ofir Leitner has updated his “MWC 2011 Parties App” to aggregate the latest news and info on free networking events, receptions, and parties at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. As an added benefit, the app showcases some of the latest Java ME and LWUIT features. Watch the video and download it here.


— Terrence

Brian-Goetz.jpg OTN just published an interview with Brian Goetz, who is Oracle’s Java Language Architect. Brian talks about the evolution of the Java language, how to write good code, developments in the JVM, concurrency, InvokeDynamic, Project Lambda, Project Coin, and other language enhancements coming to Java SE 7 and 8. Check it out!


— Terrence

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