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 sever.

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 applications.


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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