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JavaOne 2009 Recap

06.05.2009
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JavaOne 2009 is winding down.  This year the conference had a more somber feel.  It was really hard to pick up any energy about a new trend or technology.  The main question on people’s mind was ‘What is Oracle going to do?’.

Of course no one has any idea what Oracle is going to do.  Larry Ellison did make a cameo appearance during the keynote and provided some insight.  His main message was ‘Oracle is heavily invested in Java and will invest even more, so don’t worry.’  He also expressed support for JavaFX and suggested openoffice should be re-written in it.   I’m not a big fan of JavaFX, so I was hoping Oracle would stop JavaFX; seems I will be wrong.

The rest of the Sun keynote was basically a trip down memory lane for Java.  There were a couple of JavaFX demos, including a new tool for building JavaFX applications.  The best thing I can say about the new tool is that the demo didn’t crash.   For the life of me, I can’t understand why Sun would invest in yet another developer tool.

One observation about the keynote is that I can’t remember any reference to open source.  No mention of OpenJDK or any of the Sun projects.  Found this rather odd since Sun is suppose to be the open source company?

The exhibit hall was a lot smaller than previous years.   Most of the major vendors Oracle, HP, IBM, Nokia, SAP, Motorola were not exhibiting.  JBoss, Atlassian, SpringSource were the major Java enterprise vendors exhibiting.

I did discover some interesting Eclipse oriented products:

- eBay was showing a very cool Javascript/Java development environment called VJET.   It is not available yet but they plan to make it available and you can sign up for an early access program.

- JNBridge helps solve the interoperability challenges between a Java and .Net application.   They have an Eclipse plugin.

- Anthillpro is a build management tool that can be driven from Eclipse.  They also had their booth next to us on the show floor.

- JavaRebel seems like a pretty interesting tool to shorten the debug cycle.  They have support for Equinox and Jetty plus other containers.

- Hello2morrow has some neat dependency analysis and visualization tools.  They don’t have OSGi bundle support but it is planned.

- Altassian was showing they new Eclipse Mylyn integration.

JavaOne 2010 is set for end of June next year.  It will be the first one with Oracle in charge, so it should be an fascinating event.

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Mauricio Aguilar replied on Fri, 2009/06/05 - 7:44pm

what? you wished for JavaFX to go to the trash!?

That's crazy... JavaFX is one of the best things ever happened to the Java community... I'm a BIG fan and I had been programming in Java for almost 12 years or so, I just started learning JavaFX in february an in the first week I was doing stuff I DIDN'T EVEN TRY TO ACCOMPLISH IN JAVA BEFORE.

 I would like to know your reasons for that to happen.

Michael Urban replied on Sat, 2009/06/06 - 12:40am

I don't expect Oracle will rock the boat too much when it comes to Java. After all, Oracle is very heavily invested in Java technology. If anything, I expect Oracle to put more money into Java than even Sun did since in many ways, Oracle is very heavily dependant on Java for a lot of their products.  Larry Ellison once stated that the future of Oracle was clearly wrapped up with Java.

I'm concerned about the future of NetBeans though. Either NetBeans or JDevloper is going to get the axe I suspect because there is no point in Oracle supporting two IDEs. Maybe it will be JDeveloper that gets the axe though since NetBeans has far more marketshare than JDeveloper

I'm also curious as to why you do not like JavaFX. I like it from the little bit of playing around I have done with it. I think it is probably too late in the ballgame for it to unseat Flash or even Silverlight, so I don't know if JavaFX has any viable future... But I still like it as a technology.

Alexis MP replied on Sun, 2009/06/07 - 3:18pm

Why didn't the Eclipse Foundation have a booth (or maybe I missed it)?

Ian Skerrett replied on Sun, 2009/06/07 - 6:44pm

@Michael @maguliar  I think JavaFX is too late to compete with Flash and Silverlight.  Sun also has limited resources to compete with the better financed MS and Adobe.  I'd rather Sun focus on investing in Java.   Those are the main reasons I don't like JavaFX.   It will be interested in to see if Oracle invests more into JavaFX?

 @Alexis We did have a booth.  Sorry you missed us.

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