Early Access Granted: Java SE 6 Update N
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Remember when I
talked about an upcoming Java SE 6 release that should address many of
the outstanding issues for Java on the client? We used to call it "The Consumer
JRE", but then we decided that "Java SE 6 Update N" was a much cooler name.
Rolls right off the tongue. More SExy, like. Besides, as my buddy Willy
Shakespeare was fond of saying:
What's in a name? that which we call
Java SE6 Update N
By any other name would smell as sweet
(I don't know what's up with the "smell" thing. I think it's poetic license.)
Whatever the release is called, many of the features in the release are ready
for testing. Head on over to the download
page and give it a whirl.
Some of the important features in this release (which, by the way, should make
for a better Java FX experience when
it's released), include:
: Faster coldstart for Java applications and applets
Deployment Toolkit: Easier detection of a user's Java version
from a web page. (Note that the current
page is light on details for this feature - we plan to update this item in the
next couple of days with specific information about testing this).
: Acceleration through Direct3D on Windows for Java 2D, enabled by default
Nimbus: A new Swing cross-platform look & feel that's much
more modern and cool than Metal. Scott Violet was saying that some look &
feels were so cool you wanted to lick them. Along those lines, I'd claim that
Nimbus is our first Swing lick & feel.
Note that some items planned for the final release are not there yet (we're
still working on them). In particular,
Java Kernel is still baking internally before we unleash it. So you'll
have to check back in a few weeks if you want to hammer on that one.
More information about what is and is not available for testing in this release
so far is on the Testing
Please try it out and send us
feedback on it. In particular, please send feedback through the handy
Feedback forum on the download page. Much as I enjoy the comments to my
blog, I would rather have important release feedback go to the folks that are
directly working on the issues to make sure that your input gets heard.