An Important Promise From This Java One



The most exciting thing for me coming from this Java One is the promise that Sun is going to fix the web browser applet plug-in and various issues with deployment of Java applications on the desktop. Sun will work on a special version of the JRE called "Consumer JRE" which will be smaller and the plan is to make it available in the beginning of next year. The applications will start very quickly from cold start, which is currently a problem with desktop Java applications - they start slow for the first time (successive startup times are not an issue).

The install experience will also be revamped to make it easier for consumers to install and update the JRE. This will include some JavaScript magic for version detection, etc. The JRE will be also modularized so that the basic JRE has minimal size and missing modules will be downloaded as needed. These changes will also have a positive effect on future Java FX-based applications.

This Java One was all about Java coming back to the desktop and getting closer to the consumers. Java will also play role in the next generation of RIA applications and mobile applications - see the replays of Sun keynote demos for more details. Exciting times ahead!
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The key will be for Sun to stick to their promise on the "Consumer JRE" which, to be successful, must (1) Allow a small Java app to launch as fast as a Flash app and (2) Must be as easy to deploy/install as Flash. Both are non-negotiable for end users. If these two items can't be achieved then desktop Java will stagnate, despite improved tooling like Java FX.

Posted by Richard on květen 11, 2007 at 01:41 odp. CEST #

To me, it is the most exciting news for me.Without consumer JRE, any desktop java dream is built on sands.

Posted by williamchen on květen 13, 2007 at 09:24 odp. CEST #

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