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JavaOne Day 1

Posted by editor on June 28, 2005 at 6:46 AM PDT

New names, old friends, and a roadmap

For many of us, JavaOne 2005 started off in the form of a line stretching out of the Moscone Center, around the Sony Metreon, and past the Yerba Buena Gardens. And I had arrived 15 minutes before the beginning of the general session. Given the stream of attendees I saw arriving as I waited, the end of the line was probably around the block and then some.

This year's general session included much welcome news, not the least of which was a detente between Sun and IBM - the latter having renewed its Java license for another 11 years - and the retiring of the confusing and often-mocked "Java 2" naming scheme, in favor of "Java Standard Edition 6", "Java Enterprise Edition 6", etc.

Java's ubiquity gained further credibility with numbers showing that far from "slowing", Java's reach is advancing in many key measurements: number of developers, number of licensees, and number of devices. On this last point, Sun's John Loiacono revealed that the number of Java-capable devices went up 42% last year and, for the first time ever, now outnumbers Java-capable PC's (and 708 million devices is not a small number either).

Members of the original "Green" team - the project that became Oak, and later Java - were invited up on stage with Scott McNealy and Duke to commemorate Java's 10th birthday, complete with a massive cake prepared for the occasion.

Looking to the future, Graham Hamilton offered a roadmap of Java SE's Mustang and Dolphin releases, and Bill Shannon toured the goals and features of Java EE's next version. Both are driven by JSR's, and Mustang's developments can be seen as it happens on the Mustang snapshot releases project on java.net.

In the afternoon, JavaOne was its usual flurry of activity, with the roadmaps spelled out in greater detail in technical sessions (including one for Java ME, which was not previewed in the general session). The pavilion was packed with exhibitors, and the java.net booth was busy all day with mini-talks describing the many projects and communities on the site.

So that's some of what I saw, but what about what you saw? We hope you'll visit our JavaOne forums to discuss what you're seeing and doing at the show. These forums are open to all java.net members, so those who aren't at the show can join in the discussion too. The JavaOne 2005 Discussion is for discussions of happenings at the show, while the Java One 2005 Links is where you can add links to JavaOne content you've seen around the web.

New names, old friends, and a roadmap