Google has fired back against Oracle in the ongoing JVM dispute, and is now asserting that the Oracle JVM patents are invalid because of obviousness. Things are just about to get interesting.
Microsoft researcher Holly Stewart highlighted last week that Java has recently surged ahead of Adobe Acrobat as a favorite target for hackers wanting to take over computers. InfoQ looks at the specific exploits used as well as which patch of Java fixes them.
Azul’s Zing is generally available from today, bringing their highly-scalable Java architecture to x86-based servers. InfoQ spoke to George Gould and Gil Tene about the launch, performance figures and licensing costs.
The LLVM team yesterday released LLVM 2.8, the low-level virtual machine infrastructure that includes a next-generation C/C++ compiler, optimiser, and run-time. In addition, the LLVM also sports a VMKit for CLR and JVM runtime and is used in tools as diverse as MacRuby and Python's Unladen Swallow. Additionally, the recently-released Mono 2.8 has a mono-llvm runtime. So what's new in LLVM 2.8?
At Monday's JavaOne keynote in San Francisco, Oracle EVP Thomas Kurian highlighted Oracle's plans for the Java platform with a three-year roadmap and demos of JavaFX and other technologies. Elsewhere it announced plans for JavaFX 2.0 and the decision to drop JavaFX Script.
Azul Systems, makers of specialist hardware for running Java applications, have announced Zing, a Virtualised implementation of their hardware stack. Zing uses RedHat's KVM and VMWare's vSphere to target a wide range of operating systems and is optimised for Intel's latest x86
Having just announced a record breaking quarter, Azul Systems are open sourcing a considerable part of their intellectual property under GPLV2, as part of a major new initiative to try and improve the performance of managed code on commodity platforms.
The strong correlation between heap size and garbage collection pause time is becoming one of the major limitations to Java application scalability, and a great deal of R&D effort is going into trying to remedy the situation. InfoQ talked to Dr. Cliff Click, former architect and lead developer of the HotSpot Server Compiler and now chief JVM Architect at Azul Systems, about Azul's solution.
Oracle principal engineer and former Sun employee Mark Reinhold talks about Oracle's plans to merge the Hotspot and JRockit JVMs.
The long-awaited beta for the new Scala version 2.8 has finally been released. It includes many new features, like for example a redesigned collections library, named and default arguments, and a much improved Eclipse IDE.
Sun's Java SE team recently released the Milestone 5 build of JDK 7. This was expected to be a feature complete release of Java 7 but is some way short of that. InfoQ takes a look at what has been added and some of the major features still missing.
A new intermediate representation (IR) for JRuby code enables many optimizations and could bring the next performance boost. InfoQ talked to Subbu Sastry who works on the IR.
Charles Nutter talks about his two new languages for the JVM: Duby and its dynamic cousin Surinx.
The Swing Application Framework will not make it into Java 7, though a number of forks have subsequently sprung up to continue its development. Plans for another much requested feature, CSS-based styling for Swing components, have also been abandoned.
JRuby 1.4 is coming up with 1.8.7 support and improved Java integration. First builds that bundle JRuby and MLVM are available. Also: JRubyConf's program has been announced - and some more seats are available.
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