JavaOne Russia Keynotes
By Yolande Poirier on Apr 23, 2013
JavaOne Russia kicked off with the Java Strategy and Java Technical Keynotes. This year's theme is Make the Future Java which means providing a complete platform, from small devices all the way to servers, strengthening Oracle's position as a leader in software and in the Java community and improving productivity for developers and businesses. Java's success has been dependent on an open and transparent platform. Transparent, with a clearly stated roadmap so developers and enterprises can plan their development around new releases. Open, so developers and enterprises can contribute and provide feedback.
JavaOne Russia has being running for three years and, as Nandini Ramani, Vice President, of Java Client and Mobile Platforms stated at the keynote "JavaOne Russia has become a tradition for Oracle".
Oracle is focusing on security and has implemented several changes. It is switching to certificate signed applications; Java can be turn off and on as needed; malicious applications will be blacklisted; and Java security updates are released more frequently. She also mentioned that JDK 8 with lambda expressions is scheduled for Q1 FY14
JavaFX was first released a year ago and a lot of third parties from the community contributed projects like ScalaFX, RubyFX, e(fx)clip. "App store packaging is the future for JavaFX ", continued Nandini, "the bulk of the JFX platform is open sourced and developers are invited to participate in the opensource project". Stephen Chin demoed an interactive JavaOne schedule application designed with JavaFX embedded.
"Today we are at a tipping point. The number of devices far outnumber the number of people on the planet and Java can play a really important role in the device space." Now, there is a 3rd IT revolution and the internet of things, an explosion of devices. The Java framework and especially Java Embedded lets developers provision, manage and secure those devices but it can also let developers aggregate and analyze the data that people collect over different networks.
Axel Hansmann, Vice President of Strategy and marketing at Gemalto, a market leader in Machine-To-Machine (M2M) connectivity, explained that Gemalto uses Java ME Embedded for its M2M solutions. It supports more than 50 million devices in the field. One of Gemalto's customers used their solution for tracking devices on trees in the Amazon to track stolen trees.
Anil Gaur, Vice President, Server Technologies, emphasized the flexibility of Java EE 7. "The Java EE 7 standards can be used to develop any applications from lightweight apps to enterprise apps." He continued by saying that Java EE 7 main improvements are the API pruning, Html 5, JSON, Java event profiling, CDI, concurrency, batch and more. The new release is a community effort with 187 experts contributing, 32 companies, 16 spec leads, 14 active JSRs. The new transparency required by the JCP improved community participation by up to 700%. The SDK and the GlassFish releases should be available in the next few weeks.
Before getting the technical keynotes started, Stephen Chin, JavaOne Content Chair, had everyone stand up and stretch. He then asked the attendees who came in the previous 2 years to sit down and let the audience give a round of applause to the new JavaOne Russia experts.