Oracle Webcast: What’s In Store For Java?


During a live webcast aired from Silicone Valley last night, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Product Development Thomas Kurian laid down Oracle’s roadmap for Java, post-Sun.

Oracle’s overall strategy is to extend the Java Programming Model to emerging application development paradigms; optimising the platform for a variety of deployment architectures by integrating and simplifying the platform, and revitalising the Java Developer community with best of breed Java Technology. Oracle also aims to make the JCP a “more participatory community process.”

Kurian then went into greater detail regarding specific pieces
of Java technology. Version 7 of Java Standard Edition will feature
support for multiple languages and multi-core processors.

The HotSpot Java Virtual Machine will be integrated with
technology from Oracle’s proprietary Java Virtual Machine, JRockit.
Oracle plans for version 7 of HotSpot to run natively on
Hypervisors, feature Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) Compiler
Optimisation for Multi-cores, and continue to support all “leading”
open-source software.

Kurian also laid down the roadmap for Java EE Reference
Implementation (RI), promising to deliver an optimised Web Services
Stack, new lightweight server profiles and modularity with Open
Standards. GlassFish will remain the Java EE RI, and there will be
a clear differentiation between GlassFish and Oracle’s own WebLogic

Oracle plans to unify the Java ME and Java SE Programming APIs,
and include new interaction paradigms for future releases of Java
ME. Oracle will also extend the “cinematic experience” of JavaFX to
provide an “unmatched experience” for Rich Internet Applications.
JavaFX will be developed for seamless interoperability with Java,
JavaScript and HTML 5, allowing developers to “mix and match”
programming languages. The core Java ME platform will be optimised
to run JavaFX.

Oracle expects to release JDK 7 in 2010. NetBeans will be
continued, with an increased focus on scripting with Dynamic
Languages, Java EE6 and Java ME. JDeveloper will remain the
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Oracle Fusion
Middleware, and the strategic development tool for Oracle’s


Oracle plans to maintain its standing as a “strategic member” of
Eclipse and continue its contributions to Eclipse.

“We have a crystal clear idea and focus on how we’re going to
execute this,” said Kurian.

During the webcast, it was announced that JavaOne will now
run parallel with Oracle OpenWorld, and will be held in San
Francisco from September 19th to September 23rd, 2010. JavaOne
conferences will also take place in Brazil, Russia, India and China
later in 2010.

Oracle made a point of driving home its newly-acquired ability
to deliver an integrated stack of hardware, infrastructure,
database, middleware, and business applications, and the business
potential of combining Oracle software with Sun hardware.

“We are in the complete and integrated systems business,” Oracle
CEO Larry Ellison said, in last night’s webcast.

Highlights of the five hour long webcast, are now available at
Oracle’s official website.

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