Monday Sep 24, 2012

Java Magazine: Java at Sea!

The September/October issue of Java Magazine is now out, with several great Java stories, including:

Java At Sea

Liquid Robotics charts a new course with expert help from Java pioneer James Gosling.
 


Duke’s Choice Awards
Meet this year’s winners! (The awards will be presented at the JavaOne Sunday night reception at the Taylor Street Cafe.)

Looking Ahead to Project Lambda
Java Language Architect Brian Goetz on the importance of lambda expressions.

JCP Q&A: Ben Evans
The London JUG representative talks about the JCP and the Java community.

Java EE Connector Architecture 1.6

Adam Bien on deep integration with connector services in a lean way.

DataFX: Populate JavaFX Controls with Real-World Data

Tools to retrieve, parse, and render data in a variety of JavaFX controls.

Fix This

Stephen Chin challenges your JavaFX skills.

Java Magazine is a bi-monthly online publication. It includes technical articles on the Java language and platform; Java innovations and innovators; JUG and JCP news; Java events; links to online Java communities; and videos and multimedia demos. Subscriptions are free.

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Anticipating JavaOne 2012 – Number 17!

As I write this, JavaOne 2012 (September 30-October 4 in San Francisco, CA) is just over a week away -- the seventeenth JavaOne! I’ll resist the impulse to travel in memory back to the early days of JavaOne. But I will say that JavaOne is a little like your birthday or New Year’s in that it invites reflection, evaluation, and comparison. It’s a time when we take the temperature of Java and assess the world of information technology generally. At JavaOne, insight and information flow amongst Java developers like no other time of the year.

This year, the status of Java seems more secure in the eyes of most Java developers who agree that Oracle is doing an acceptable job of stewarding the platform, and while the story is still in progress, few doubt that Oracle is engaging strongly with the Java community and wants to see Java thrive.

From my perspective, the biggest news about Java is the growth of some 250 alternative languages for the JVM – from Groovy to Jython to JRuby to Scala to Clojure and on and on – offering both new opportunities and challenges. The JVM has proven itself to be unusually flexible, resulting in an embarrassment of riches in which, more and more, developers are challenged to find ways to optimally mix together several different languages on projects.   

To the matter at hand -- I can say with confidence that Oracle is working hard to make each JavaOne better than the last – more interesting, more stimulating, more networking, and more fun! A great deal of thought and attention is being devoted to the task. To free up time for the 475 technical sessions/Birds of feather/Hands-on-Labs slots, the Java Strategy, Partner, and Technical keynotes will be held on Sunday September 30, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  

Let’s not forget Java Embedded@JavaOne which is being held Wednesday, Oct. 3rd and Thursday, Oct. 4th at the Hotel Nikko. It will provide business decision makers, technical leaders, and ecosystem partners important information about Java Embedded technologies and new business opportunities.  

This year's JavaOne theme is “Make the Future Java”. So come to JavaOne and make your future better by:
--Choosing from 475 sessions given by the experts to improve your working knowledge and coding expertise
--Networking with fellow developers in both casual and formal settings
--Enjoying world-class entertainment
--Delighting in one of the world’s great cities (my home town)

Hope to see you there!

Originally published on blogs.oracle.com/javaone.

JavaOne 2012 Conference Preview

A new article, by noted freelancer Steve Meloan, now up on otn/java, titled “JavaOne 2012 Conference Preview,” looks ahead to the fast approaching JavaOne 2012 Conference, scheduled for September 30-October 4 in San Francisco. The Conference will celebrate and highlight one of the world’s leading technologies. As Meloan states, “With 9 million Java developers worldwide, 5 billion Java cards in use, 3 billion mobile phones running Java, 1 billion Java downloads each year, and 100 percent of Blu-ray disk players and 97 percent of enterprise desktops running Java, Java is a technology that literally permeates our world.”

The 2012 JavaOne is organized under seven technical tracks:

* Core Java Platform
* Development Tools and Techniques
* Emerging Languages on the JVM
* Enterprise Service Architectures and the Cloud
* Java EE Web Profile and Platform Technologies
* Java ME, Java Card, Embedded, and Devices
* JavaFX and Rich User Experiences

Conference keynotes will lay out the Java roadmap. For the Sunday keynote, such Oracle luminaries as Cameron Purdy, Vice President of Development; Nandini Ramani, Vice President of Engineering, Java Client and Mobile Platforms; Richard Bair, Chief Architect, Client Java Platform; and Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect, Java Platform will be presenting.

For the Thursday IBM keynote, Jason McGee, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM PureApplication System, and John Duimovich, Java CTO and IBM Distinguished Engineer, will explore Java and IBM's cloud-based initiatives.
All in all, the JavaOne 2012 Conference should be as exciting as ever.

Link to the article here.

Originally published on blogs.oracle.com/javaone.

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

The 2012 JAX Innovation Awards

A new article, now up on otn/java, titled “The 2012 JAX Innovation Awards” reports on  important Java developments celebrated by the Awards, which were announced in July of 2012. The Awards, given by S&S Media Group, aim to, "Reward those technologies, companies, organizations and individuals that make outstanding contributions to Java." The Awards fall into three categories: Most Innovative Java Technology, Most Innovative Java Company, and Top Java Ambassador. In addition, a finalist who did not win an award receives a Special Jury prize, "in acknowledgement of their unique contribution and positive impact on the Java ecosystem."

The winners were: JetBrains for Most Innovative Java Company; Adam Bien as Top Java Ambassador; Restructure 101, created by Headway Software, as Most Innovative Technology; and Charles Nutter, Special Jury award. Each winner received a $2,500 prize. The five finalists in each category were invited to attend the JAX Conference in San Francisco, California. This year's winners each received a $2,500 prize.

JetBrains Fellow, Ann Oreshnikova, listed her favorite JetBrains innovations:

* Nullability annotations and nullability checker
* CamelCase navigation and completion
* Continuous Integration in grid (on multiple agents), in TeamCity
* IntelliJ Platform and its language support framework
* MPS language workbench
* Kotlin programming language

When asked what currently excites him about Java, Adam Bien, winner of the Java Ambassador Award, expressed enthusiasm over the increasing interest of smaller companies and startups for Java EE. “This is a very good sign,” he said. “Only a few years ago J2EE was mostly used by larger companies -- now it becomes interesting even for one-person shows. Enterprise Java events are also extremely popular. On the Java SE side, I'm really excited about Project Nashorn.”

Special Jury Prize Winner, Charles Nutter of Red Hat, remarked that, “JRuby seems to have hit a tipping point this past year, moving from ‘just another Ruby implementation’ to ‘the best Ruby implementation for X,’ where X may be performance, scaling, big data, stability, reliability, security, and a number of other features important for today's applications.

Check out the complete article here.

Monday Sep 17, 2012

Getting Started with Social Development Inside the Enterprise

We are all used to sharing our status, our ideas and pictures in a social way in our personal lives, but it seems strange to give that up when we come to work.  It’s clear that social functionality is is starting to enter the enterprise, from consumer-facing experiences to employee collaboration, but where does an enterprise developer start? At JavaOne, you'll have opportunity to learn about social functionality in enterprise applications in a special new multi-presentation session, Getting Started with Social Development Inside the Enterprise. You’ll learn what’s possible today with Java and social, and you'll be welcomed into Oracle Social Developer Community (OSDC). By the end of this session you’ll know:

  • Is Java an appropriate social development environment?
  • What other options are available?
  • What kind of application integrations are being done today?
  • Where can I connect with other enterprise social developers?
  • Where can I get help starting my first project?

This program will include a range of speakers from the social developer community:

Carmen Delassio – CTO,  Layercake
James Pearce – Facebook Developer Liason, Facebook
Peter Stern -  CEO, Bit.ly
Frederic Daurelle – Oracle Social Network, Oracle
Adam Trachtenberg  - Director of Developer Network, LinkedIn
Roland Smart – VP of Social Marketing, Oracle

The session will end with a hands-on hackathon to get you started.

In addition to Social Developer session at JavaOne, Oracle is starting the Oracle Social Developer Lab that will create tools and solutions that reduce barriers to getting started with social development. This group will start taking requests from the community during JavaOne and will let the community prioritize the projects that it takes on through a social application.  Roland Smart, Vice President of Social Marketing at Oracle, explains "The development community will play a critical role in driving the transformation to a socially-enabled enterprise. Oracle is committed to supporting --and engaging with--the social developer community. Please join us!"

Register for JavaOne to attend.

Originally published on blogs.oracle.com/javaone.

Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

Java Thriving in Oracle's hands

IDC has published a Technology Assessment of Oracle's stewardship of Java titled "The State of Java: Two and a Half Years After the Acquisition." The overall IDC opinion is that Java under Oracle's stewardship is thriving.

Report highlights include:

  • The successful delivery of Java SE 7, which had been stalled at Sun Microsystems
  • Articulation of realistic road maps for Java EE 7 and Java SE 8
  • The healthy growth of the Java ecosystem
  • The decisiveness with which Oracle handled the Apache Harmony dispute
  • Key vendors joining the OpenJDK including IBM, Apple, and SAP
  • More and more programming languages being hosted on the Java Virtual Machine(JVM)
  • Java's role in major computing trends including Mobile, Cloud, Big Data and Social

You can access the full report here (PDF).

Monday Sep 10, 2012

Expressing the UI for Enterprise Applications with JavaFX 2.0 FXML - Part Two

A new article by Oracle’s Java Champion Jim Weaver, titled “Expressing the UI for Enterprise Applications with JavaFX 2.0 FXML -- Part Two,” now up on otn/java, shows developers how to leverage the power of the FX Markup Language to define the UI for enterprise applications. Weaver, the author of Pro JavaFX Platform, extends the SearchDemoFXML example used in Part One to include more concepts and techniques for creating an enterprise application using FXML.

Weaver concludes the article by summarizing its content, “FXML provides the ability to radically change the UI without modifying the controller. This task can be accomplished by loading different FXML documents, leveraging JavaFX cascading style sheets, and creating localized resource bundles. Named parameters can be used with these features to provide relevant information to an application at startup.”


Check out the article here.





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