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Oracle + Sun Strategy Update: Brief Overview and My Tweets

Posted by editor on January 28, 2010 at 6:49 AM PST

Yesterday, I watched the Oracle + Sun Strategy Update Webcast. It was certainly a surprising event -- surprisingly positive for the future of Sun and Java/JVM technologies, in my view. The promises Larry Ellison made at last year's JavaOne have been effectively redoubled in a way I myself could not have expected. The plan and expectation really is that Sun will quickly become a very profitable group within Oracle. And Java technologies will receive significant new investment -- not because investment in Java is expected directly to earn Oracle profits, but because the real money from Java is made through middleware sales, and in order for Oracle's middleware products to remain top notch, highly-scalable, state of the art, etc., the Java/JVM platform must move forward. Stagnation of the Java platform is not an option.

These are some of the things I heard while watching the webcast. For those of you who didn't have the opportunity to view the webcast, see my little Sun + Oracle Strategy Links (from Twitter) post.

I tweeted during the webcast (isn't that the only way to cover live technology events today?). Here are my tweets from the webcast (in time-forward order):

  • Oracle + Sun webcast: a big focus on "We're hiring!" - across the board: sales, Solaris development, engineering new chips...
  • "we're hiring!" -- the perfect statement for immediately building confidence among both customers and employees.
  • JavaOne will become a global, travelling conference: U.S., Brazil, India, ...
  • Oracle/Sun will invest in the Java developer community as well as specific Java technologies
  • Java SE 7 goals: multiple languages, mulit-core support. Oracle JRockit will be applied/integrated with HotSpot.
  • evolve Java EE 6: profiles important for customization; GlassFish will continue to be the Java EE reference implementation
  • WebLogic will continue to be the high-end app server for enterprise sales
  • Java ME: unify ME APIs with Java SE APIs; runtime optimization; optimize power consumption; focus on ME operability on different platforms
  • different JVM models based on platform (enterprise, ME, etc.)
  • significant investment in JavaFX; focus on designers; fusion of DHTML, JavaScript, Java, JavaFX capabilities within browser environment
  • NetBeans continues as Lightweight IDE: focus on Java EE, ME, scripting; mobile development; reference implementation IDE for Java EE
  • Hudson makes the presentation; will also be integrated with JDeveloper; Eclipse also remains important
  • EE / GF enhancement: microkernel support; non-blocking I/O; Metro; lightweight, rapid development and deployment
  • WebLogic: remains focus for enterprises; WebLogic and GF will share technologies. SOA: Open ESB will continue to be supported, among others
  • OpenSSO will see continued investment; OpenDS will be maintained.
  • speaking of Sun/Oracle, I'm right now remotely logged into a Solaris machine enhancing an app whose data flow is managed by an Oracle db
  • Oracle will hire 2000 people, and only about 1000 will be laid off, as part of the merger consolidation
  • arry highlights tape archive/backup as being very important (it is in the data center I work in, certainly)
  • Forrester: can Oracle make more money from Java? Larry: where revenue comes from is less important than the fact that $ is made
  • Larry: Java makes money mostly through sales of middleware. Hence, it's critical to continue to develop and enhance Java.
  • Oracle's presence in the phone / devices realm will be the Java software that phones/devices run on
  • Larry humorous on the "cloud computing" phrase -- today everything is "cloud computing" so how can you possibly be against it? I agree!
  • Retweet from oracletechnet: Ellison: The only thing new about cloud computing is the word "cloud" - it's just a computer attached to the Internet
  • Oracle sure is punctual: a major 5-hour event starts and ends within a few minutes of the publicized times!

Also, developers should take a look at the new Sun Oracle Overview and Frequently Asked Questions for the Developer Community page, which OTN (Oracle Technology Network) leader Justin Kestelyn (@oracletechnet) pointed me to last night.

In Java Today, Justin Kestelyn of the Oracle Technology Network pointed me to the new Sun and Oracle: Overview and Frequently Asked Questions for the Developer Community page:

Oracle has finalized the Sun transaction and the deal has closed. The combination of Oracle and Sun transforms the IT industry and will provide significant benefits and opportunities for the developer communities of the combined companies. For example, the combination of the Sun Developer Network (including, BigAdmin, and the Oracle Technology Network will result in the largest, and most diverse, community of Developers, Database Administrators, SysAdmins, and Architects. The richness and diversity of these communities will truly be remarkable. We know that you have many questions, and some of them we can answer now. We're also committed to providing updates regularly as more information becomes available. Note that the FAQ below is designed around developer community continuity specifically...

JavaFX expert Jim Weaver also watched the "Sun + Oracle Strategy" webcast, and posted notes and commentary in Oracle/Sun Strategy: We will invest heavily in JavaFX:

Today was a busy interesting day for lots of my fellow geeks (like you, perhaps) in that I found myself listening to two webcasts at the same time: The Apple iPad announcement, and the Oracle/Sun Strategy announcements.  Being a JavaFX developer, I was particularly interested in the extent to which Oracle is going to embrace JavaFX (and how much crow I would have to eat from my April 21, 2009 What, Me Worry post)...

Toni Epple did something I wish I'd thought of as I watched today's Oracle + Sun Strategy Update Webcast -- he used his system's screen capture facility! His Oracle & NetBeans post includes the slide about NetBeans, JDeveloper, and Eclipse: