From Devoxx: JavaFX on show, JDK 7 News !
By dannycoward on Dec 11, 2008
Closing out a busy week here at Devoxx, the release of JavaFX and JDK 7 news have been the talk of the town !
Kicking off the official conference part of Devoxx, your very own Janitor gave the first keynote (slides here) counting down the top 10 things about JavaFX you need to know. JavaFX team-Devoxx: Richard, Martin, Josh and Jasper showed four JavaFX applications, built with the 1.0 release. Like, JavaFX HD video apps (like this one), a JavaFX media cabinet shown on a popular Java ME phone. And wowed the crowd by using JavaFX to bring the huge movie screen size static backdrop on the stage to life with a beautiful Devoxx-themed animated design created in Photoshop and Illustrator and exported into NetBeans with the JavaFX Production Suite. Reactions to seeing JavaFX 1.0 for the first time have been very good.
Meanwhile, Devoxx attendees have been busily expressing their wants and needs on the whiteboards between sessions. Questions like Which language ?, Thinking of JavaFX ?, Which VM ?, Which JDK 7 language feature ? and even Worst Blog ? attracted attention all week.
The next day, Josh gave an entertaining talk about the next generation Java puzzlers, followed by Mark Reinhold who keynoted on Java Modularity and JDK 7. As you read here on the Planetarium, Project Jigsaw will modularize the JDK, you will get a new low pause garbage collector, better performance, language changes (see Joe's blog), and there will be new APIs too: NIO2, Swing App Framework, Annotations on Java types and a host of smaller features like the XRender graphics pipeline, SCTP support, unicode 5 and so on. JDK 7 will preview at JavaOne 2009 (don't forget to file a talk) and ship in a little over a year's time.
Sessions galore. Like Alex and Brian on the work in the VM to support multiple languages, and Richard and Josh on JavaFX in Practice: with a surprising number of questions about developing JavaFX on mobile. Hanging with half the JavaPosse off mike (though they have been broadcasting all week), Belgian beer, twittering, bumping into old friends, a Devoxx movie and suddenly today is the last day. What a week !
The Planetarium will be taking a break for the next week, but back right before the holidays with more news about what's been going on in the world of Java SE, Java ME, JavaFX and JavaCard (which, by the way, all Belgians have at least one of).