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JavaOne 2013 Announcements, Compared with Poll Predictions

Posted by editor on October 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM PDT

Unlike some recent JavaOnes, JavaOne 2013 was more about maintaining Java's momentum in multiple directions than specific major announcements. Just before JavaOne started, we ran a Java.net poll that asked developers to predict what category of JavaOne 2013 announcement will have the broadest impact.

A total of 274 votes were cast in the poll, which ran for two weeks including the entirety of JavaOne. The exact statement voters responded to, and the results, were:

The JavaOne 2013 announcement that will have the broadest impact will be related to...

  • 67% (184 votes) - Core Java (Java 8, etc.)
  • 14% (39 votes) - Java EE
  • 6% (16 votes) - Embedded Java
  • 8% (21 votes) - JavaFX
  • 5% (14 votes) - Other

So, clearly the community expected announcements related to core Java to have the broadest impact going forward. While there may not have been lots of specific announcements, clearly core Java and Java 8 were a considerable focus of the conference. That said, to me much of the core Java presentation was similar to things that were presented at JavaOne 2012 -- at which time we were still looking forward to a Java 8 release that was heavily focused on Project Lambda.

In listening to the keynote addresses, I'd say that the announcement of the open sourcing of Project Avatar was fairly dramatic. The importance of JavaScript in modern web services continues to grow, and Avatar's focus on supporting WebSockets and Server-Sent Events makes the timing of its open source release significant.

While there wasn't a separate Java Embedded mini-conference this year, the "Edge Computing with Java in Embedded, Smart Card, and IoT Applications" track was a significant part of the conference, including being a major component of the demonstrations during the Sunday Java keynotes (see my blog JavaOne 2013 Impressions #1: So, Who Needs a Chess-Playing Robot, Anyway? for more about this). Again, there weren't huge, unexpected announcements related to the embedded space at JavaOne 2013, but the momentum pressed forward.

New poll:

Our current poll asks Did you follow the blogs and articles that were posted about JavaOne during the conference?. Voting will be open until Friday, October 18.


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