Perhaps they are taking it seriously?

Oracle pushing JavaFX 2, Stephen Chin and Jim Weaver enlisted as evangelists

Chris Mayer
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Big boost for JavaFX as fanatics Stephen Chin and Jim Weaver both join the Java Evangelist Team for JavaFX

If there wasn’t evidence already, Oracle has certainly reassured
many of its commitment to JavaFX 2, by enlisting two Java Champions
as JavaFX evangelists in Stephen Chin and Jim Weaver.

In fact, Stephen’s
April Fools Day post
where he said he was joining NASA to help
them conquer space and a big red planet wasn’t too far off. He had
indeed quit his job to become an official JavaFX evangelist and
everything was true bar the company he was joining. He was indeed
about to go on voyage towards another red giant.

Oracle have long talked up the capabilities of JavaFX 2, and
this move certainly strengthens that case by bringing in two JavaFX
gurus. Both have been instrumental in propelling the platform
forward, especially where it comes to its use with alternative JVM
languages.

Chin
admitted in a blogpost
he was sceptical of Oracle’s commitment
towards the platform for creating RIA applications, but noted a few
changes that made him reconsider:

  • Oracle released Java 7 on time and within a year (something Sun
    never did).
  • The donation of Hudson and OpenOffice to Eclipse and Apache
    respectively after forking, freeing up space for other
    projects.
  • Revamping JavaFX in 2.0 by starting afresh, giving it true
    performance, Java language support, and business focused
    controls to be a worthy successor to Swing’.
  • In turn, this shows their commitment long-term.
  • The potential to be the standard for cross-platform mobile rich
    applications.

The last one appears to be the clincher. As Stephen adds:

Right now you have to choose between with the limited
functionality, poor usability, and device incompatibility of
web-based cross-platform frameworks or the high cost of writing
multiple native applications.  I had high hopes that Flash
would fulfill the gap between these two approaches, but Adobe
fumbled he ball.  Fortunately, JavaFX has shown great promise
in this area with some impressive 
technology
demos at JavaOne
, and has the opportunity for a touchdown
with a business-focused release of JavaFX 2 on mobile.

We think this is brilliant news for the JavaFX community –
getting a committed duo in at the big house will hopefully propel
JavaFX 2 to the stars with a sense of realism too. As Stephen says
we can ‘e
xpect plenty of blogs, articles, demos, and the
usual satiric, but realistic, developer viewpoint on the Java
platform as I dig my heels in at the big red giant!’

Our congratulations from JAXenter!

 

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