Monday Mar 10, 2008

Sun Announces Intent to Create JVM for iPhone

One of the big benefits of Java software is that it facilitates the ability to deliver the same content and services across multiple Java technology-enabled devices (mobile phones, PCs, and set-top boxs).

The Sun Java team has announced that they plan to use the to use the new iPhone SDK to create a JVM for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  Here's a video featuring Eric Klein, vice president of Java marketing discussing the news:


This would allow the 10s of thousands of existing Java-based mobile applications to run on iPhone and iPod Touch. And also for new Java applications to be created specifically for the iPhone, which could leverage the unique capabilities of the device.

Developers would also be able to use their existing Java tools, including the productivity-enhancing features of NetBeans and the NetBeans Mobility Pack, to easily create, test, debug and deploy applications that would then run on the iPhone & iPod Touch - in addition to literally billions of other devices.

After Sun announced our intent to create a JVM for iPhone and iPod Touch, there were questions raised in some blogs & forum posts about whether Apple's iPhone license agreement allows us to deploy the JVM.

"Our announcement was based on our excitement to build a JVM for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, as well as our assessment of Apple's publicly available information on the SDK and related business terms. If there are clauses in the iPhone beta SDK license agreement that potentially limit third party application distribution, then these are items that we want to have a positive discussion with Apple about. Sun and Apple have an ongoing relationship around Java SE on Mac OS X and we look forward to further discussions with Apple about a JVM for iPhone and iPod Touch. Sun definitely plans to deliver a JVM for iPhone and iPod Touch if at all possible!" said Eric Klein, vice president of Java marketing at Sun.

We'll be talking more about our plans, as well as our overall Java strategy, at the 2008 JavaOne conference May6-9 in San Francisco.

Friday Oct 19, 2007

GlassFish conquers another operating system!

GlassFish v2 If you check out Apple's download site under UNIX & Open source you'll find that Glassfish v2 and OpenDS and OpenOffice.org are now available for Macs and they are labeled "Staff Picks."  This was all pretty darn quick given that version 2 only came out on September 17 and by the 21st it was up on Apple's site.

The days of isolation are over and Sun realizes that there are developers out there who work on platforms other than Solaris -- we want to give access to products we are involved with to as many folks as we can.

First Ubuntu and now OS X!

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