Last week we met with Chris Tonas, Vice President of Mobility and
Application Development Tools at Oracle, to hear his take on the latest
in the world of Java tooling and development frameworks.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Oracle as it relates to development tools?
I lead the organization that is working on Oracle’s software
development tools and frameworks, specifically, the teams that build our
offerings for Java developers - whether in NetBeans, Eclipse or
JDeveloper. Our team also builds the tools and frameworks that are used
by developers working with Oracle’s cloud and mobile platforms.
Q: This week saw the release of JDK8 and NetBeans 8 along with it. How do you view this release?
release of JDK 8 and NetBeans 8 this week represents a big step forward
for both Oracle and the Java Community. A lot of hard work and
collaboration went into this milestone and I’d like to take a moment to
thank everyone who contributed to this achievement.
Q: With the new NetBeans 8.0 out, what are the plans for NetBeans going forward?
In the short term, an update release of NetBeans 8 is underway to align
with Java ME 8. Additional NetBeans 8 releases that target specific
bugs are anticipated to be released after that. Longer term, Oracle is
committed to the continued success of both Java and NetBeans. Work on
JDK 9 is now underway and we’re planning a NetBeans 9 release to go
along with it, as usual.
Q: As you mentioned Oracle supports more than just the NetBeans IDE. What’s the thinking behind that?
Oracle recognizes that developer tools aren’t a one-size-fits-all
proposition. Oracle is a significant contributor to the Eclipse project
and we are continuing to extend the capabilities of our Eclipse-based
solutions as well. We offer JDeveloper for those who want the tightest
alignment with the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack. In addition, we
tools, and we are planning to address those needs as well.
Q: What are some of the key trends you see in the software development space right now?
clear that several significant trends are shaping software development
and tools. Oracle is at the forefront of these changes and a leader in
almost every aspect. We see three main changes happening right now: Read the complete article here.
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