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?
A: The 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?
A: 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?
Q: What are some of the key trends you see in the software development space right now?
As the providers of tools for developers, these changes require an evolution of the tooling and infrastructure used to design and develop applications.
Q: So what is Oracle doing to address these developments?
We are leveraging skills and technology from across our current developer tools organization to develop these new capabilities. We see the new generation of developer tools as complimentary to the tools that developers use and love today. The first of these initiatives that you’ll be able to use will be the forthcoming Oracle Developer Cloud Service – bringing your ALM and team collaboration work to the cloud. You can read more about it at http://cloud.oracle.com/developer
Q: Where can developers learn more about these new tools?
A: Just like every year, Oracle’s full vision for the future of software development will be shared at JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld later this year. Our team is looking forward to sharing what we are working on with the development community.
Q: Thank you for your time, Chris.
A: You're welcome.