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Mar 26 2010   8:45PM GMT

Oracle execs heat up Java discussion

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

We recently took a look at some recent Oracle developments on the MySQL front, but what about Java?

The number one programming language is not being ignored. Oracle executives – and the Father of Java himself, James Gosling-have been speaking about its future at recent conferences. They‘re addressing not only their plans and goals for the programming language, but who they want to see using it:  “I would like to see people with piercings doing Java programming,” said Oracle’s Jeet Kaul, referring to getting a younger generation more excited about Java.

So, what is there to get excited about? Here are some of the Java technologies recently discussed at TheServerSide Java Symposium in Las Vegas and the EclipseCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif:

  • Java Community Process (JCP): The JCP, which is the program for developing technical specifications for Java technology, is something in which anyone can participate. In a JCP session at the Java Symposium, Java expert Reza Rahman said that he did not know the future of JCP under Oracle, but hoped it would include more open source development, growth and individual participation. But what do other users want from JCP? According to this article from Network World, some actually think the democratic process and individual participation slow things down and would like to see more control by Oracle.
  • Java FX: Many are wondering if, despite Oracle’s commitment, it’s too late for Java FX to succeed. Oracle remains committed to the platform, which was introduced three years ago, but many think that it’s not cut out to stand against its competitors, such as HTML5, for example. Experts say that Oracle has to build a business around it, which would involve tools support and integration with more IDEs.

According to Gosling, he’s “pretty encouraged about the way things are going to work out.” But are you? What concerns do you have about Java? Do you think Oracle can successfully keep all aspects of it alive?

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