JavaOne India Keynotes

JavaOne India kicked off in Hyderabad with Duke, dancing and demos. Sharat Chander, Group Director, Java Technology Outreach at Oracle opened by encouraging attendees to learn new things about the Java technology, but just as important, make the effort to meet someone new. "The Java community is open and welcoming," Chander explained "and it will help you to build a network within the community."

Georges Saab, VP Java Development discussed the JavaSE and JavaFX roadmaps -- interestingly enough, the same roadmap for both. In addition to new features, Java SE added new ports, Mac OS 10 and Linux ARM. Saab mentioned features in Java SE 8, and used Project Nashorn as an example of Oracle's commitment to evolve the Java platform. For developers who want to try it, early access builds of JDK 8 are available now.

Saab also discussed the growth of embedded devices. "We've already reached the point where there are more devices than people; this is a huge opportunity for developers," he explained. With Java, developers can work from device to datacenter using the same language and platform. Axel Hansmann, VP Strategy & Marketing Communications of Gemalto M2M, showed the tiny Cinterion EHS5 Java Module, a tiny chip that has Java Embedded on it and is "ruggedized" for industrial applications. Hansmann said Java allows for more efficient development, more flexibility in design and development, and improved management of applications. He said small devices are being used everywhere, from smart cards to cars medical devices. "I'm looking forward to come back in a year and see the creative uses this group of developers has come up with!"

Anil Gaur, VP Cloud Application Foundation & Java EE for Oracle, gave an update on the state of JavaEE. Gaur said "When we created JavaEE, our primary objective was to build a comprehensive platform to create a wide variety of apps." Java EE has been successful, with millions of developers downloading Java EE around the world. The JSRs for JavaEE 7 has been finalized and approved, and the final bits will be available very soon.

Santanu Saha, Product Line Manager Product Research & Development for Infosys, explained how Java EE is a key platform for building tomorrow’s Enterprise Platform, and how applications based on open standards is a key ingredient for successful apps.

Stephen Chin kicked off the technical keynote by explaining that he is a developer first, an active Java community member, and a Java evangelist. His goal for JavaOne India is get developers excited and encouraged them to follow their passion.

Jim Weaver started his section with a bit of audience participation, and had everyone get up and do the IPL dance. Then Weaver showed the basics of JavaFX 3D, such as including mapping textures to shapes. Learn more at javafxcommunity.com.

Arun Gupta, AKA "Mr. GlassFish" walked through the new features of Java EE 7. Java EE 7 provides higher developer productivity (less boilerplate, richer functionality, more defaults) and HTML5 support (WebSocket, JSON, HTML5 forms). Gupta also mentioned the community participation in creating and testing EE the latest release: 19 JUGs adopted various JSRs, tested features as they were being developed, and provided valuable feedback. "It was truly a community effort," he said with a smile. You can learn more about JavaEE and GlassFish at glassfish.org.

It was a great start to a great JavaOne conference.

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