What's In Store for Java SE, Java EE, NetBeans, GlassFish and JavaFX?

JavaOne Opening Keynote

Jessica Thornsby

Java FX Script to be deprecated and GlassFish’s HK2 kernel to be included in Oracle’s WebLogic Server.

The announcements came thick and fast during the opening keynote
of JavaOne 2010 yesterday.

Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of Oracle Product
Development gave the Java community a long-awaited insight into
Oracle’s plans for the future of Java, including announcements
regarding JavaFX and Java EE.

Java SE will get extended support for scripting languages and
will be optimised for new application models and hardware. When it
comes to Java on the Client, Oracle is planning an “enhanced
programming model,” that promises to combine the power of Java with
the ease of JavaFX, in an attempt to optimise graphics and deliver
enhanced HTML 5, JavaScript and CSS Web capabilities, and native
Java platform support. Java SE will implement plan B,
namely deliver JDK 7 minus Lambda, Jigsaw, and part of the Coin
project in mid 2011; and release JDK 8 including Lambda, Jigsaw and
the rest of Coin, in late 2012. More details are expected to emerge
during Mark Reinhold’s ‘Java SE: The Road Ahead’ keynote on

Java EE will continue to be developed, with improvements in
areas such as dependency injection and reduced configuration
requirements. Oracle is also focusing on bringing Java with Web
support to consumer devices, with enhancements such as
small-footprint CPU-efficient capabilities for cards, phones and
TVs, and new language features, in the pipeline. Java ME, and not
Java FX Mobile, will become the strategic mobile platform.

Thomas Kurian also had some good news for NetBeans fans, citing
a 20% increase in NetBeans users in the last six months.
There were some
from the NetBeans community that Oracle would neglect
NetBeans in favour of its own JDeveloper IDE – which is not just a
product, but is tightly integrated into Oracle’s tool suite – or
even Eclipse, to which Oracle contributes. Adam Bien blogged that Netbeans was “covered more
intensively, than last year,” during the Keynote.

Alexis Moussine-Pouchkin was similarly impressed with the
GlassFish coverage. Oracle promised two new
releases of GlassFish in 2011 and revealed that GlassFish’s HK2
kernel will be included in Oracle’s WebLogic Server. “GlassFish got
more mentions (including for its HK2 kernel making it’s way into
WebLogic) than in any previous JavaOne keynote,” Alexis
Moussine-Pouchkin blogged.

Java FX Script is to be deprecated and Java libraries will be
exposed instead. This will open up JavaFX capabilities to Java
developers, removing the prerequisite of learning a new scripting
language. Oracle will introduce a new set of JavaFX APIs, which
will be a variation on typical JavaBeans Properties and listeners.
They will be designed to play well with lambda expressions. These
changes will facilitate using JavaFX from other dynamic languages,
such as JRuby and Groovy, and using other system languages that run
on the JVM for writing large JavaFX applications. More information
on all the changes taking place on planet JavaFX, is available at
the ‘JavaFX
2010-2011 Roadmap

Initial reaction to this news seems positive, with Ian Skerrett
tweeting “nice to see the changes to JavaFX,” and Java
developer Jason Lee admitting “I’m kind of glad JavaFX script has been
nixed. I’d kinda like to play with JFX, but don’t have time to
learn JFX Script well,” suggesting the ‘new look’ JavaFX has won at
least one new convert.

A full round-up of the announcement is available at the Oracle Press Release.

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