Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect for Java at Oracle, gave details of developments in Java 8 and beyond, and announced the GA release of JavaFX 2.0 during his keynote session at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
The first public beta of JavaFX 2.0, Oracle's Java orientated rich client platform, is available for download, along with a beta plugin for NetBeans 7. JavaFX 2 represents a major update to the client-side Java stack, offering an alternative to the entire client layer of the JavaSE platform.
Oracle has began to the beta program for JavaFX 2.0, the next version of its Rich Client platform.,with Early Access releases open to members of the JavaFX Partner Program. InfoQ spoke to Richard Bair about the release, and future plans.
Oracle's Mark Reinhold has announced that the JDK 7 Developer Preview build (milestone 12) is now available and the firm is keen to hear developer feedback. The majority of Java IDEs are also moving rapidly to support the new features of Java 7. However concern has been expressed in some quarters over the pre-release software evaluation license terms.
Oracle's decision to cease work on JavaFX Script, announced at JavaOne, was a disappointment to some in the community. Using the open source JavaFX Script compiler as a starting point, Project Visage is looking to continue to develop the DSL as an open-source project.
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.
Last month Sun has announced the release of the JavaFX 1.3 version delivering performance and functional improvements, including: new UI controls, CSS skinning, and programmatic layout, extended production suite, TV application support, mobile emulator on the Mac platform and UI composer plugin for NetBeans IDE 6.9 Beta .
Apache Pivot is an open source project, which attempts to create a modern, rich client development platform in Java. Pivot started off as an R&D effort at VMWare in 2007 and was released as an open-source project in June 2008 under the Apache 2.0 license. Pivot then joined the Apache Incubator in January 2009 and graduated as a top-level Apache project in December 2009.
Sun is updating Java 6 for the first time this year providing fixes for over 300 bugs, plus Windows 7 support, and a significant number of performance improvements. These include a 30%-40% performance gain when using the default Parallel Scavenger garbage collector on machines based on a NUMA architecture with Solaris or Linux as the OS.
Sun has released an early preview of one of the two RAD tools it is building for JavaFX through the NetBeans update centre. JavaFX is also seeing some more high profile early adopters including the 2010 Winter Olympics website.
As Oracle CEO Larry Ellison publicly backs JavaFX, Sun launches JavaFX 1.2 with a new charting API, beta support for Linux and Solaris, and a number of significant language changes to JavaFX Script. Sun has also given a public demonstration of its JavaFX authoring tool and JavaFX TV at JavaOne, and the Eclipse plug-in is receiving some attention.
InfoQ recently conducted a virtual panel on the current and future state of RIA and Ajax technologies. The panel features a number of valued contributors to the community including Dion Almaer, Jnan Dash, Didier Girard, Peter Pilgrim, Tim Sneath, and Ryan Stewart.
Sun Microsystems has launched JavaFX mobile today just in time for the mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain next week.
Stephen Chin is the lead developer of two open source JavaFX projects: WidgetFX, a desktop widget platform, and JFXtras, a set of add-ons and utilities for developers working with JavaFX Script. He is also co-authoring the forthcoming Pro JavaFX book with Jim Weaver and Weiqi Gao. In this interview he tells us more about these projects and his thoughts on JavaFX.
Chet Haase of Adobe Systems, who previously worked at Sun on the JavaFX team, shared his comparisons of JavaFX and Adobe Flex on the Yahoo FlexCoder group.