Monday, I posted an overview of what analysts were saying about Oracle's plans for integrating Sun. Somehow, I missed one important aspect of that plan: Oracle's intentions for Java.
Oracle's executive VP of product development, Thomas Kurian, apparently had high praise and promises for Java. InformationWeek reports Kurian called Java one of the "crown jewels" from the acquisition, and promised Oracle would give Java a jolt:
Kurian's first priority was to emphasize that Oracle wants to improve the performance of the Java programming language for over nine million developers using it. Oracle wants to 'revitalize' the Java Community Process, the multivendor organization for ongoing Java development. Kurian would do that by 'making the JCP a more participatory process to people from a variety of organizations.'
Oracle will integrate its JRocket technology, acquired from BEA, with Sun's Hot Spot JVM, with an eye toward making Hot Spot more modular and better able to perform on multicore chips, according to the article. Kurian also outlined the full Java road map, which includes plans to support or enhance:
Or, as Tony Baer of OnStrategies put it:
The general theme was that-yes-Sun's portfolio will remain the 'reference' technologies for the JCP standards, but that these are really only toys that developers should play with. When they get serious, they're going to keep using WebLogic, not Glassfish. Ditto for Java software development ...(and)...SOA.
There were, however, two Java casualties not mentioned by InformationWeek. The Register reports that the middleware Project Darkstar, an open source application server for "massively multiplayer online games" and Sun's Project Wonderland, an open source toolkit for creating 3-D virtual worlds, are being axed.
On a related note, InformationWeek adds that Oracle plans to add Master Index, a master data management tool Sun had acquired, to Oracle's data systems. That combo will be targeted to the health care market, because it can help with compliance issues.
In other integration news this week, The Open Group, Forrester and InfoWorld announced a new Enterprise Architecture Awards program. The goal is to raise awareness about the business value of enterprise architects. Entries will be judged by a panel of members (practicing enterprise architects) and staff from the Open Group and Forrester analysts. Entry forms are available at InfoWorld. The deadline is May 31.