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Things are moving quickly with the Java Store and Java Warehouse. A couple of weeks ago payments were enabled and a number of countries added for the warehouse. Yesterday, another set of enhancements was made live:

  • Users can now create accounts within the Java Store client
  • The Java Store client has been improved with numerous small features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements
  • Developers outside the U.S. can now use the store view feature to preview their apps
  • And the Java Warehouse has been enabled for six new countries: Israel, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, and South Korea. The Warehouse is now open in 14 countries.

Developers are really starting to discover the Java Store now – check out some of the new applications available.

music-explorer-fx.png My personal favorite right now is Music Explorer FX – a slick and interactive way to check out your favorite artists, discover new music, and listen to it on-the-fly.
c64-emu.png Or how about some geeky nostalgia? Check out the Commodore C64 emulator JSwing C64 in the Java Store – complete with original font & screen (blue on blue!), BASIC interpreter, and emulated joystick and floppy. Yeah, baby!
javastore-video.png Want to know more? Check out the new, 5 minute introductory video on the Java Warehouse and Java Store.

The Java Store Beta Program has reopened for U.S. residents – try it out if you haven’t done so yet. Or sign up for the Java Warehouse, now open in 14 countries.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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The New York Times yesterday published a good article explaining the backdrop against which regulators in the U.S. and Europe make their antitrust decisions. Worthwhile reading.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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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

After the open letter by former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos a few days ago additional groups are now throwing their hat in the ring. Richard Stallman, together with Knowledge Ecology International and the Open Rights Group published an open letter of their own asking the EU to block the acquisition of MySQL by Oracle.

I find the letter very interesting for the stance it takes as well as for what it does not say and the implications to open source licensing. Simon Phipps has some additional thoughts in his post “Remarkable Reversal“.

Cheers,

— Terrence

Disclaimer:

As a current employee of Sun Microsystems and a Sun shareholder I am not able to comment on the Sun-Oracle acquisition. The views expressed in this blog are not necessarily the official position of Sun Microsystems.

A few days ago the former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos sent an open letter to Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s competition commissioner, urging that the Sun-Oracle deal be approved.

Mickos reasoning is a classic case of different customer markets and needs, business models, and disruptive technology. Highly recommended reading.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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The JavaFX platform is evolving rapidly and developer feedback is a critical part of that evolution. A couple of weeks ago we asked you to fill in a survey that allowed us to tailor the content of the upcoming JavaFX training and certification program.

Today, I am asking you to participate in our 2nd JavaFX developer survey: This one is about your experience developing with JavaFX. We want to hear the good. The bad. The pitfalls. And the stuff that’s great and which enables you to create more immersive cross-platform content quicker.

The data will be reviewed directly by Sun’s product development teams – so this is an excellent chance to help shape the JavaFX platform and technology going forward. The survey is here.

Cheers,

— Terrence

JATAF_Header_small.jpg I’ll be speaking at OSiM in Amsterdam tomorrow (the 15th) on a panel about fragmentation in the mobile industry. I am planning to use that opportunity to introduce the JATAF project as an important new and collaborative initiative focused on driving down fragmentation and increasing consistency in the mobile Java space.

JATAF (Java Application Terminal Alignment Framework) was announced at JavaOne 2009 and is a joint effort founded by Orange, Sony Ericsson, Sun Microsystems, and Vodafone. The goal of JATAF is to deliver test cases that address fragmentation issues. Test cases which become approved by the JATAF technical board will be open source, distributed in a JATAF release, and built to run on the open source JDTF (Java Device Test Framework) test harness.

JDTF-screenshot.jpgJATAF is a java.net open source community which is free and open to all and test cases are licensed under the Eclipse Public License 1.0.

Developers are encouraged to participate in JATAF in multiple ways:

  • Download and run test cases to verify fitness of devices they plan to develop content for
  • Join in technical discussions around fragmentation and testing
  • Provide use cases addressing fragmentation-related issues
  • Submit source code of tests

Use cases and test source code will be assessed and evaluated by the JATAF technical technical board for consideration to be included in future JATAF test packs. Operators, manufacturers and developers can then execute these tests to ensure device implementations function consistently and predictably across a wide range of deployment scenarios.

The philosophy behind JATAF is that the more OEMs, carriers, and developers collaborate and contribute to the test cases, the faster defragmentation of the underlying platforms can happen, thus lowering testing and porting costs for developers and increasing the quality and quantity of content for the Java ME ecosystem as a whole. Since the announcement in June over 190 test cases have already been added to the repository.

I’d like to encourage developers in the mobile Java space to have a look at JATAF. To learn more about the project please check out the JATAF home page, the JATAF project on java.net, the JDTF project on java.net, the JDTF screen cast, and listen to the Mobile & Embedded podcast #83 which features highlights of the JavaOne JATAF panel discussion.

Cheers,

— Terrence

CORP_LJEtoSunCust_2307_WSJ_v3c.jpgI can’t comment on the Oracle-Sun acquisition but I’d like to direct your attention to the first-page ad in todays Wall Street Journal.

I don’t think anyone should be doubting Oracles commitment. Personally, I’m looking forward to what’s to come.

Cheers,

— Terrence

Our documentation team has put together four brand-new screencasts on current subjects. They are 5 minutes each in length and a great way to get introduced quickly to the highlights of each topic. I encourage you to have a look:

LWUIT-screencast.png LWUIT (Lightweight User Interface Toolkit) screencast

A 5-minute overview to jump-start your understanding of LWUIT technology — everything you need to know about what it is, why it was created, who should use it, and the functionality it offers.

JDTF-screencast.png JDTF (Java Device Test Framework) screencast

This brief screen cast introduces JDTF, a flexible, configurable test framework that can be used to assess various aspects of the quality of Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) device implementations.

JSR290-screencast.png JSR 290 (Java Language & XML User Interface Markup Integration) screencast

This brief screen cast describes Java Specification Request (JSR) 290, which enables the creation of mobile Java applications that combine Web UI markup with Java code.

JavaCard-screencast.png Java Card screencast

This brief screen cast walks you through the highlights of the Java Card Platform, the world’s largest standards-based computing platform.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

— Terrence

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WIPJAM has become a fixture on the conference circuit … if you’ve never been to one of these then this is your chance to experience it. What is WIPJAM@OSiM, you ask? Find out all about it here – and be sure to register! I’m looking forward to it and I hope to see you there!

Also, if you’re planning to attend OSiM World – I just got word I’ll be part of the panel on day 1 at 14:00 titled “Fragmentation is Ruining the Industry”. The sounds like it’s going the be a lively discussion …

And, yes, that’s me on the OSiM World front page – not my best camera shot 😉

See you in 10 days in Amsterdam!

Cheers,

— Terrence

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