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Terrence Barr: Significant Bits from the Sun + Oracle Strategy Webcast

Posted by editor on February 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM PST

Our lead Java Today items both yesterday and today were Terrence Barr's Oracle+Sun: Java News Round-Up series. If you watched last week's "Oracle + Sun Product Strategy Webcast" (now available as a series of webcasts that are partitioned by topic), you may have felt like so much was said that it was difficult to step back and recall the most important statements related to your own interests. As Terrence says at the start of Part 1 of his series:

Last week saw a flurry of news, announcements, webcasts, and information around the Oracle-Sun acquisition. In fact, there was so much detail it is easy to miss some of it ...

This is the problem Terrence seeks to address in his three-part series. Part 1 talks about the Java strategy; Part 2 focuses on Java developer tools; and Part 3, which is planned for publication later today, will be about developer communities.

In Part 1, Terrence revisits the 16-minute Java Strategy webcast, which featured Hasan Rizvi (Senior Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware) and Jeed Kaul (Vice President, Java Development). Terrence presents a high-level summary:

  • Continued investment in Java platform across a range of servers and devices
  • Fuel futher innovation in the Java platform and JavaFX
  • Continue to support developer community, open source, and JCP

Then he lists some specific Oracle objectives, and other points of interest. For example:

  • Continue to drive Java as the most widely used, productive, innovative, reliable, performant, and pervasive platform
  • Java EE (enterprise): Glassfish continues as the Java EE reference implementation and open source project (Oracle has already contributed to the Glassfish community in the past)
  • Unification of Java ME and Java SE APIs and capabilities
  • Improve interoperability between Java, JavaFX, and JavaScript
  • JavaOne: Continues as open community event for Java, co-located with Oracle Open World in San Francisco (Sep 19-23, 2010), plus taking JavaOne on the road to Brazil, Russia, India, China

In Part 2, Terrence revisits the 19-minute Java Developer Tools Strategy Webcast, which was given by Chief Architect and Senior Vice President Ted Farrell. Here are a few of the talking points Terrence highlights:

  • Oracle’s motto is “Productivity with Choice”, meaning developers can pick the environment and tools they want – Oracle supports these choices of implementation technologies, development styles, platforms and databases, and IDEs
  • NetBeans will be offered as additional choice in the developer tools suite, complementing JDeveloper and Enterprise Pack for Eclipse and leveraging functionality between these tools
  • Hudson, Sun’s Continuous Integration Server, will move forward with increased investment and continue to be offered
  • Kenai is Sun’s hosted collaboration server. Oracle plans to discontinue the public interface of Kenai at this time and bring Kenai back in-house, add features, and leverage it for internal projects. Kenai may be brought back as a public offering later if appropriate.
  • New collaboration resource: Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and specifically the Java Technology Center, featuring events, news, blogs, articles, discussions/forums, webcasts, downloads, FAQs, and more

Visit Terrence's blog, Across the Universe, later today, and you should see Part 3 (on developer communities) posted.


In other Java Today news, Kirill Grouchnikov is Drinking From The Firehose – Design Inspiration January 2010. If you're interested in "pushing pixels" around desktop screens, you'll likely enjoy what he's found:

Every month this series is tracking the latest design trends and collecting the best examples of modern web designs. Here is the list for January 2010 with almost 2000 links from 57 aggregator posts...

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Welcome to my first topic on OSGi. This article is focused on using Netbeans to create an OSGi declarative service deployed on Glassfish which is of course built on Apache Felix - an OSGi framework implementation. OSGi defined: According to Craig Walls in the book "Modular Java - Creating Flexible Applications with OSGi and Spring", OSGi is a component framework specification that brings modularity to the Java platform. OSGi enables the creation of highly cohesive, loosely coupled modules that can be composed into larger applications. Each module can be individually developed, tested, deployed, updated and managed with minimal or no impact to the other modules. Hence, OSGi is a solution to Java's modular incapabilities...


In today's Weblogs, Arun Gupta has two new posts. The latest is Screencast #29: Web service using NetBeans 6.8 and GlassFish v3 (Accessing database in business method):

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Arun also posted Developer Tools Strategy by Oracle+Sun: NetBeans & Hudson to stay!:

Hear Ted Farrell, Chief Architect and Senior Vice President talk about Oracle and Sun Java Developer Tools Strategy. Here is a summary for those who want a quick juice ...

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