By dannycoward on Oct 02, 2007
Heard the early roll of thunder about a project called the 'Consumer JRE' last JavaOne ?
Yesterday it came a step closer to reality: We've released an early access version of an major update to the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) on Windows platforms, specifically focusing on features of the JRE needed by consumer content.
(You may have noticed we're pretty into that these days, and there'll be much more on that over the coming months.)
We're calling this JRE 'Java SE 6 Update N' (just don't get me started on why). This is an Early Access version. Did I mention that already ? Early Access means that its not finished yet: we have more features to add, and more work tuning the ones that are there. In particular, we haven't yet added the JavaKernel work, which radically slims down the initial download of the JRE (you will notice this EA is still a substantial download). Also, we haven't done nearly as much testing on it as we will before its finished, but we figured we'd get it out there. We have a massive test framework for Java SE these days, but none so large as all the Java desktop applications written since 1996.
Here's what's in and what's not in it:-
it in this Early Access Version ?
that for ?
applets and applications start really quickly, first time Java is
can tell which version of the JRE is on the machine they just landed on.
rendering of Swing apps, especially ones using features like
translucent windows, using Direct3D on Windows
Look and Feel
refreshing new look and feel to add to your choices - check it
but coming soon in the JRE !
the JRE into a small initial download, the rest coming down in parallel.
is our implementation of the Java SE 6 platform.
So there won't be any new developer APIs until Java SE
7 is done.
There've been a variety of reactions already about this already. Try it yourself and let us know, but you may need paper tissues handy ;).