The year ahead for Java and JavaFX


2009 promises to be an exciting year for Java: The Planetarium expects Java SE 7 to be mostly completed, with modularization, multiple languages being a big deal, JavaFX will ship the mobile profile, and preview (and possibly complete) version 2 including the TV edition, Java ME should finish or get close to finishing its next mobile edition, and we should continue to see lots of mobile frameworks and app stores.

Others are looking into their crystal balls too, like Joshua predicting you should consider JavaFX for an app next year, and Charles seeing big growth JavaFX and other Java based RIA technologies, and others the reduction of AJAX to a resume keyword. If 2008 didn't crown a winning RIA technology, will 2009 ?

Java SE 7 is grounds for speculation also, while Ted predicts the rise of functional languages, Kirk's predicting a lame release, though Alex has a more optimistic view.

Over in the mobile space, more smartphones and app stores are an easy guess for 2009, a turning point for Java ME, but will a majority of connections to the internet be from a mobile device this year ?
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JavaFX could easily become the new clientside UI of choice for developers. It could also easily be ignored by all those clientside developers who use Eclipse ( you know, the silent 90% of us).

Come on sun - we want a to use JavaFX too!

Posted by Paul Loveridge on January 06, 2009 at 04:08 PM PST #

One thing I haven't heard about in a long time--Sun announced (I believe at J1 2007) that they would release a soup-to-nuts mobile stack based on the assets purchased from SavaJe. Is this still in the works?

Thanks
Patrick

Posted by Patrick Wright on January 06, 2009 at 05:39 PM PST #

I wish they had created a Java API instead of JavaFX script.

I know the script uses Java2D underneath, but I'd like to see a high level Java library so I can continue to code in Java and not look at a new scripting language.

Posted by Anthony on January 06, 2009 at 05:54 PM PST #

@Paul: There is a JavaFX plugin for Eclipse: http://kenai.com/projects/eplugin
@Patrick: JavaFX Mobile will be released in March: its a JavaFX runtime atop our (and others' MIDP/CLDC implementation. A little different from what we first talked about at JavaOne 2007.

Posted by Daniel Coward on January 07, 2009 at 02:26 AM PST #

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