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Object Computing, Inc. — Software Engineering Tech Trends — February 2013. By Rad Widmer, Senior Software Engineer Object Computing, Inc.

Object Computing, Inc. — Software Engineering Tech Trends — February 2013

(OCI) Introduction Java language designer Daniel Smith describes the forthcoming enhancements in Java 8 as "dramatic and necessary". He isn't exaggerating. On the language side, major new features include lambdas (closures) default methods for interfaces enhanced type inference (target typing) And on the libraries side, there will be major enhancements to the Collections libraries, with the introduction of the Stream framework and related interfaces. In this article we discuss the new language features coming in Java 8, as well as the most important enhancements to the standard libraries, specifically the new Stream interface. Lambda Expressions Lambdas, also known as closures, are simply anonymous functions - i.e., functions with no name. (parameters) -> expression (parameters) -> {statements…}

Project Jigsaw delayed until Java 9. Project Jigsaw, which is intended to provide a module system for Java, has been deferred from the Java SE (Standard Edition) 8 release planned for next year until Java SE 9, which is due in 2015, a high-ranking Oracle executive revealed on Tuesday. In announcing the deferment, Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle, cited insufficient time and technical issues.

"The proposed development schedule for Java 8 expects work on major features to be finished by May 2013 in preparation for a final release around September," Reinhold said in a blog post. "Steady progress is being made, but some significant technical challenges remain. There is, more importantly, not enough time left for the broad evaluation, review, and feedback which such a profound change to the platform demands. " Google's Android did not infringe Oracle patents, jury finds. IDG News Service - Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle's Java patents, a jury in San Francisco found Wednesday, in a setback for Oracle.

Google's Android did not infringe Oracle patents, jury finds

The jury delivered its verdict after more than a week of deliberations. It found no infringement of any of the claims in two Java-related patents Oracle had asserted in its lawsuit against Google, court documents show. The verdict brings to an end a closely watched trial that has captivated Silicon Valley since it began on April 16. The jury had already returned an inconclusive verdict in the copyright phase of the trial, and the finding of no patent infringement meant the jury had no need to calculate damages for Oracle and could be dismissed. Oracle upgrades standard Java, JavaFX. Oracle on Thursday is releasing updates to the standard edition of Java and the JavaFX rich client application platform, including the first delivery of the Java Development Kit and JavaFX Software Development Kit for Mac OS X.

Oracle upgrades standard Java, JavaFX

The latest enhancements for Java garbage collection and the Java Virtual Machine are featured as well. NEW VIDEO SERIES: Java SE 7 Certification (Oracle Certification) Oracle's ambitious plan for client-side Java. Java has long been a hit with enterprise developers, with Java EE powering the back ends of enterprise applications in data centers around the world, while Java application servers and servlet containers enable countless Web applications.

Oracle's ambitious plan for client-side Java

For client-side development, however, Java hasn't fared nearly as well. There have always been Java technologies aimed squarely at the client: Java applets debuted with the first release of the platform, and Java ME was an early hit with cellphone vendors. Various toolkits and frameworks have been released over the years for building rich, GUI-based Java applications for the desktop. Oracle releases JavaFX 2.0, shares plans for Java 9. Oracle kicked off the JavaOne conference yesterday by shedding light on upcoming editions of Java and unveiling JavaFX 2.0, a new release of Oracle's platform for building rich client applications.

Oracle releases JavaFX 2.0, shares plans for Java 9

The Java upgrades -- Java 8 and Java 9 -- promise improved support for multicore processing and big data, while JavaFX 2.0 tightens the focus on enterprise Java developers and data-driven business applications. With Java 9, Oracle is developing an ambitious feature set. Capabilities the company is considering include a self-tuning Java Virtual Machine, improved native integration, and increased memory support for "big data" processing. Big data involves analyzing massive amounts of data, and it's good to hear Oracle is paying attention to the need to stretch Java's limits.

Why OSCON Java? What is OSCON Java?

Why OSCON Java?

It’s a good question. There are many Java conferences on every continent except Antarctica. Why is O’Reilly throwing its hat in the ring? The Java community has always been a broad, fractious, interesting mess, capable of doing surprising things with little warning, and that’s precisely why we’re attracted to it. It’s undeniable that Java is huge; it’s been in one of the top two slots on Tiobe’s Programming Community Index since Tiobe started in 2002. Language of the Month: Groovy++, How Java and Groovy Can Be Better. Java Use Increases Among Developers Worldwide: Survey - Application Development. Updated Oracle NetBeans IDE offers Java 7. News By Joab Jackson April 20, 2011 08:01 AM ET IDG News Service - Developers will be able to test-drive the next generation Java programming language by using the new version of Oracle's NetBeans IDE, released Wednesday.

Updated Oracle NetBeans IDE offers Java 7

"The main focus for this release has been providing support for the Java 7 standard edition," said Duncan Mills, senior director of product management for Oracle's application tools group. Mills claimed that NetBeans 7 is the first open source IDE to support the new Java (though JetBrains offers a beta of its IntelliJ IDE that also supports the draft specification).

The IDE has also strengthened its ties with a number of other popular software development management tools such as Git, and offers greater integration with other Oracle products, like the Oracle database and the WebLogic application server. Launching Cloud Foundry, The Industry’s First Open PaaS. Today, we have exciting news for developers: the launch of Cloud Foundry : an open source “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) from VMware allowing easy deployment of applications written using Spring, Rails and other modern frameworks. Cloud Foundry breaks new ground in PaaS through supporting a choice of programming models; a choice of services from VMware and third parties; a choice of clouds for deployment; and being delivered in open source. Since the creation of Spring , we’ve remained faithful to a few core values: notably, Productivity and Portability. Today, these proven values extend beyond Spring and Java into VMware’s broader cloud computing strategy . Spring makes developers more productive by reducing time spent away from business logic; Cloud Foundry eliminates time spent installing and configuring infrastructure such as application servers and JVMs.

Cloud Foundry will be the natural cloud deployment choice for Spring developers. Java founder Gosling joins Google - Software. Oracle asks for help planning JDK 8. Oracle wants help in figuring out what should go into Java Development Kit 8, the next-generation development platform for the programming language.

Oracle asks for help planning JDK 8

"It's time to start thinking about planning JDK 8," wrote Mark Reinhold, chief architect for the Java platform group in a post to the list on Monday. "We already know what some of the big-ticket items are likely to be. There'll be room for other features too, however, both large and small. eXo Unveils New Cloud Tool for Java Developers - Application Development. eXo, a Java portal infrastructure provider, has announced the latest version of its platform, along with a new cloud developer service for Java platform as a service.

eXo Unveils New Cloud Tool for Java Developers - Application Development

In a March 15 announcement, eXo unveiled its roadmap to take modern enterprise portals, gadgets and mashups to cloud computing environments. For enterprise companies that have invested in Java, eXo is offering a path to the cloud that will help reduce costs, simplify administration and substantially shorten time-to-deployment for new applications. A First Taste of InvokeDynamic. Greetings, readers!

A First Taste of InvokeDynamic

Over the past couple weeks I've had a few departures from typical JRuby development. I consider it a working vacation. I'm hoping to report on all of it soon, but for now we'll focus on one of the most exciting items: JSR-292, otherwise known as "InvokeDynamic". I've reported on invokedynamic previously (InvokeDynamic: Actually Useful?)

, and of course the technical bits of John Rose's blog should be required reading for anyone interested in this stuff. The Problem. Double entendre. I have said "The Future of Java is Groovy" and I meant it deliberately as a double entendre. The future of Java is indeed groovy and is indeed Groovy. This does not mean Java will be supplanted by Groovy, or some other language. Instead, the future of the JVM and the technology stack that calls the JVM home is tied more to technological off-shoots like Groovy than it is to any other purist re-engineering of the JVM or the core Java language. Java is what it is at this point. Tools like Groovy give developers the chance to get a gentle introduction to new techniques such as Functional Programming, Parallel Computing, Domain Specific Langauges, Runtime Metaprogramming, and Compiletime Metaprogramming, as well as a whole host of other techniques and technologies.

The beauty of Groovy as a programming language is how accessible it makes all these advanced techniques to a beginner and how readily it will get out of the way of an expert. The Well-Grounded Java Developer. Interview with Brian Goetz, Language Architect, Java. Stuff I’ve learned recently… Java Web Application Development Kick off – Technical Items. 1inShare We Recommend These Resources Recently I got a chance to start development of a new application.

Developers: Java Lives. By J. Michael McGarrLinuxInsider 12/28/10 5:00 AM PT. Laforge and Rocher Discuss the future of Groovy, Grails and Java. 1. Guillaume, can you tell us a little bit about Groovy 1.8 and some of the things that are coming with that? Guillaume Laforge: We are going to release Groovy 1.8 around the end of the year December or January, and we are working on some interesting stuff. My favorite feature for the time being is some new capabilities in terms of DSL authoring. When you are writing a DSL, you usually like to have some readable code, which pretty much sounds or reads like plain English sentences and with what we call "extended command expressions" we are really able to write plain English sentences in your DSLs that will open up very interesting possibilities in terms of the kind of DSL APIs that you can write. That’s probably one of my favorite features.

Welcome! Mark Reinhold’s Blog. Java Is Under Siege. Will Oracle Let It Burn?: Tech News « There was a time when Java ruled the enterprise computing world, and showed signs of dominating the mobile world, too. That time is gone. It’s not that developers have abandoned Java wholesale. They haven’t. JavaOne 2010 Opening Keynote. Groovy style and language feature guidelines for Java developers. Overview (Java Platform SE 6) The Really Big Index. A list of all content pages in the The Java™ Tutorials Trail: Getting Started.


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