Thursday Jul 07, 2011

Java 7 Celebration Begins

It was a glorious global gathering of the Java community today (on July 7), when Oracle hosted multiple events and a Webcast to celebrate Java 7 (see the replay here). With contributions from Java users around the world, Java 7 is a testament to the vibrancy of the Java community and to Oracle’s ongoing commitment to the language and technology.

Duke monitors Oracle crosswalk on TwitpicThe events were held in Redwood Shores, California; São Paulo, Brazil; and London,  England and linked together via satellite. In Redwood Shores: Adam Messinger, vice president of development, Fusion Middleware, welcomed everyone and gave a an overview of Java 7. Mark Reinhold explained that the most important thing about Java 7 is that it is finally shipping. ("Java is waking up from its nap" opined the twitterverse).

In London: Ben Evans, author and member of the Java SE/EE Executive Committee, mentioned that the financial sector are looking forward to adopt Java 7 as soon as possible. A representative from the Royal Bank of Scotland explained that RBS relies on the JVM, a TB (Terrabyte!) of in-memory data 24 x 7, and is looking forward to Java 7 improvements. In São Paulo: Bruno Souza, founder and president of SOUJava and member of the Java SE/EE Executive Committee, spoke to developers about Java and its relationship to other languages. One community member was wearing Python jacket over a Java T-shirt, a nice metaphor. Bruno also stressed the importance of the the Java community: "Java User Groups: your participation is fundamental to the future of Java" he said.

Back in Redwood Shores, Trent Gray-Donald, Java Tech Lead for IBM called Java 7 "a great release with strong technology." Bill Blosen of Hewlett Packard said "We are pleased that Java is moving forward and addressing the needs of the Java programming community." Mike Milinkovich, Eclipse Foundation echoed Bruno's sentiment when he said "Rule #1 of Open Source: Show up!"

After the opening session, there were detailed technical presentations on Project Coin, the Fork/Join Framework, the New File System API, and improvements to the JVM. A replay of the webcast and presentations will be available next week.

Today's events was just the start of the celebration. Java User Groups (JUGs) around the world are hosting events from July through September to celebrate Java 7. Oracle has provided JUGs with Java 7 technical presentations, related technology modules, T-shirts for JUG members, and speakers. View the JUG map of Java 7 events.

View the webcast or join a JUG event and see how we're moving Java forward together.

Thursday Jun 30, 2011

Future Tech Duke

Do you like the new Duke? Have you gotten the new Duke screensaver yet? Follow @java or Like I <3 Java on Facebook and get the latest 3D, animated "Future Tech Duke" screensaver.  

If you haven't already, register now to watch the global July 7 Java 7 community celebration and learn more about Java moving forward. We are looking for questions from the community to be asked during the panel Q & A. Enter your questions as a comment here, or tweet it with #java7.

There's lots of great content being created for Java 7: technical articles, videos, updated web pages (can you say "layer cake?"), T-shirts, presentations, and there will be lots of Java 7 content in the new Java Magazine.

See you at the Java 7 celebration event! Duke will be there!

Tuesday Jun 21, 2011

Best Party of 2011: Introducing Java 7

As a member of the Java community, you played a critical role in building Java 7. You contributed great ideas for new features and new ways of working and collaborating to take the next step in development. And now, it’s time to celebrate with a global gathering of the Java community—online and live. See your ideas at work. Hear about everything Java 7 can do for you and how we’re moving Java forward together.

Join us for celebrations in Redwood Shores, São Paulo, or London—as we unveil the latest innovations in Java 7. The three events will be joined with each other by satellite, and will be available as a webcast if you can't attend the live events. Learn from fellow developers around the globe who are getting the most out of the new features. Get overviews from the Java experts on Project Coin, the Fork/Join framework, the new file system API, improvements to the VM, and a panel discussion with Q & A.

Thursday, July 07, 2011
Redwood Shores, United States: 9:00 a.m. PT - 1:30pm PT
São Paulo, Brazil: 1:00 p.m BRT
London, England: 5:00 p.m. BST

Live Webcast: 9:00 a.m. PT - 1:30pm PT 

Get more information about the July 7 events. You need to register for the live events or webcast.

There will also be other celebrations at Java User Group (JUG) meetings over the next few months.
Find your local JUG

Follow the conversation on Twitter: follow @Java and use #java7

Java is moving forward, let's party!


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