Oracle Outlines Java Ambitions

Dan Berthiaume

Oracle outlined ambitious plans to enhance all areas of the Java platform during its JavaOne conference held this week in San Francisco.

The standard edition of the Java platform (Java SE) is being optimized for new application models and hardware. Oracle says these will include extended support for scripting languages, increased developer productivity and lower operational costs.

Meanwhile, Oracle plans to fine-tune the enterprise edition of the Java platform (Java EE) with improvements such as dependency injection and reduced configuration requirements. As a result, Oracle says Java EE application servers will become more modular and programming in Java EE will become more efficient.

In addition, Oracle plans to enhance the Java platform's capability to run on a variety of devices. Oracle is working to modernize the Java mobile platform by delivering Java with Web support to consumer devices. Oracle is also planning other enhancements including new language features, small-footprint CPU-efficient capabilities for cards, phones and TVs, and consistent tooling and emulation across hardware platforms.

And to improve Java performance for client-based users, Oracle is planning an enhanced programming model that it says will maintain the main Java platform's power while integrating the ease of use of the Java FX Internet development platform. According to Oracle, this will deliver advanced graphics, high-fidelity media and advanced HTML 5, JavaScript and CSS Web capabilities, along with native Java platform support.

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