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In case you missed it among the host of announcements at JavaOne (JavaOne 2011: First Wrap-Up):

Java FX 2.0 is now available for Mac OS X as a Developer Preview (download). Also, the NetBeans 7.1 Beta release (download), which includes full support for JavaFX 2.0 as well Java 7, is also available for OS X.

Questions about JavaFX 2.0? Here you can find the ‘short and sweet’ JavaFX 2.0 FAQ page.

Finally, getting started with JavaFX 2.0 is easy: Follow this excellent JavaFX 2.0 Tutorial and learn about Getting Started, Creating a User Interface, Effects, Animation, and Media, Application Logic, API Reference and Deployment.

JavaFX is back!


— Terrence


Actually, that’s old news – we hit that milestone several weeks ago 😉

The Java Spotlight Podcast has taken off in an astonishing way in less than a year since it was launched – thanks in large part to my tireless partner in crime, Roger Brinkley, who doesn’t waste any chance to snag an interview anytime, anywhere. Beware if you ever happen to find yourself in reach of his microphone 😉

One of my recent personal favorites is episode 51 “Live at JavaOne – Java Platform Timelines and Duke’s Choice Award Winners”. A live audience, a fun mood, and some very cool technologies. Check it out.

While you’re there, browse the list of wide-ranging topics of some of our other episodes, from Java EE, to JavaFX, Java performance, Java ME, cool stuff, and much more.


— Terrence


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.


— Terrence

javaone-yoshio.png Oracle’s own Yoshio Terada posted his JavaOne summary report to – and has gotten more than 35,000 views in just two days. Looks like it’s a big hit with our Japanese-speaking developers!


— Terrence

lwuit-hol.pngThe LWUIT team did a Hands-on-Lab (HOL) at JavaOne – describing step-by-step how to build the “Recipe Book” application.

This HOL is a great tutorial and is now available, like most other JavaOne content, in the JavaOne Content Catalog.

Search for session 24682 and click on the little PDF symbol next to the session. You can download both the entire HOL workbook as well as the slides of the LWUIT 1.5 session.


— Terrence


This cool video was the opener for the JavaOne keynote. If you haven’t seen it yet … don’t miss.


— Terrence


If you couldn’t join us in San Francisco last week or you need to catch up with stuff you might have missed (yep, it was a very dense couple of days) … here are some pointers you will appreciate:

  • Keynotes: All JavaOne keynotes are available, both in a condensed highlight format as well as the full length versions. Go to the JavaOne Video on Demand page, and click on the video snapshot for the highlights or on the link below the snapshot for the full-length version.
  • Parleys: has teamed up with JavaOne to provide JavaOne content on Parleys’ next-gen. eLearning platform. Around 40% of the JavaOne sessions were recorded this way and will, over the next couple of weeks, be made available. The first batches are up and ready for viewing. Check out the JavaOne 2011 Space at, or go directly here.
  • Content Slides: The slides for most sessions and a number of HOLs and BOFs – including those not recorded for Parleys – are now available via the JavaOne Content Catalog. Find the session, then look for the little PDF symbol to download the slides.

Finally, here is a nice summary of the blogosphere around JavaOne.


I forgot to add that Tori Wieldt from OTN did a bunch of short (2-5 minutes) live interviews at JavaOne on various topics such as the Duke Choice Award Winners, Mark Reinhold (Chief Architect Java), the Exhibition Hall and Demo Grounds, Java User Groups, Glassfish and Java EE, and much more. It’s a great way to soak up information and get a feel for the vibe of the conference.

Enjoy! Cheers,

— Terrence


Just a quick reminder: The Call for Papers for JavaOne Latin America (Brazil) is still open until October 17.

Looking forward to seeing you in Brazil!


— Terrence


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.


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 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:


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:


— Terrence

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