Heard the early roll of thunder about a project called the 'Consumer
' last JavaOne ?
it came a step closer to reality: We've released an early
of an major update to the Java
(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
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
already about this already. Try it
yourself and let
, but you
may need paper tissues handy ;)