Beginning with the Java SE 7 Update 6, released in August of 2012, consumers and developers have access to the latest Java SE features and security updates across all major desktop operating systems: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
Java SE 7 Update 6 also introduced support for Linux/ARM, extending standard Java SE to emerging ARM micro servers and ARM-based PCs aimed at educational and hobbyist use such as the Raspberry Pi.
JavaFX is now available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and fully integrated into Oracle's Java SE 7 implementation, helping to deliver JavaFX runtime libraries to millions of desktops worldwide.
Oracle is releasing a JavaFX developer preview for Linux/ARM, available for immediate download from java.net. This developer preview is intended for use with ARM-based devices together with Oracle’s Java SE port for ARM.
A developer preview of JavaFX Scene Builder 1.1 is also available for immediate download, adding support for Linux.
Oracle is showcasing Java SE and related technologies during JavaOne 2012 at over 130 combined conference sessions, BOFs and Hands-On Labs, as well as in the JavaOne Exhibition Hall.
Oracle is showcasing JavaFX and related technologies during JavaOne 2012 at over 70 combined conference sessions, BOFs and Hands-On Labs, as well as in the JavaOne Exhibition Hall.
Java SE 8 Roadmap
Plans for Java SE 8 are moving forward with availability expected in late-2013.
The Java SE 8 (JSR 337) Expert Group recently decided to defer the addition of a module system and the modularization of the Java platform (Project Jigsaw) to Java SE 9, in order to allow sufficient time for broad community review and testing of this critical feature.
In order to allow Java SE 8 implementations to scale down to small devices, Oracle has proposed a set of compact Profiles of the Java SE Platform.
Additional proposed features for Java SE 8 and JDK 8 include:
Lambda expressions (”closures”) (JSR 335) for improved developer productivity, better leveraging of multi-core CPUs and bulk data-processing enhancements to the Java Collections Framework.
Annotations on Java types (JSR 308), which support the development of useful pluggable type checkers, which refine Java’s built-in type system.
The removal of the “permanent generation” from the HotSpot JVM, which will make its garbage collectors easier to tune.
Oracle is continuing its work to merge the Oracle HotSpot JVM and the Oracle JRockit JVM into a converged offering that leverages the best features from each of these market-leading implementations.
JDK 7 contained the first version of the converged JVM, with features inspired by JRockit including manageability, heap-based metadata storage and an initial release of features from JRockit Flight Recorder.
Completion of the HotSpot/JRockit JVM convergence project is targeted for JDK 8, including performance enhancements and a second-generation Java Flight Recorder.
The OpenJDK Community continues to host the development of the reference implementation of Java SE 8. Weekly developer preview builds of JDK 8 continue to be available from jdk8.java.net.
OpenJDK continues to thrive with contributions from Oracle, as well as other companies, researchers and individuals.
JavaFX 8 will be released as part of Oracle’s JDK 8 implementation and will be the default UI toolkit for Java SE 8 Embedded, providing a consistent programming environment for embedded system applications and desktop applications alike. It is expected to include:
Public UI Control API to allow 3rd party developers who build UI controls ensure forward compatibility with future JavaFX releases.
Additional HTML5 “tags” will be supported in the WebView component, enhancing the level of synergy between Java and HTML5
Enhanced 3D support for better data visualization and innovative user interfaces.
Support for bi-directional (“BiDi”) languages and complex character sets will provide full internationalization.
Oracle intends to standardize relevant parts of JavaFX through the JCP in the Java SE 9 time frame.
“We are continuing to develop JavaFX and JavaFX Scene Builder in conjunction with Java SE to ensure compatibility with the JDK, including all the latest features coming in JDK 8,” said Nandini Ramani, vice president, Software Development, Java Client and Mobile Platforms, Oracle. “Having JavaFX fully integrated into Oracle’s Java SE implementation provides a better experience for both developers and end users.”
Java SE Update
Since last JavaOne, Oracle has published seven Java SE 7 update releases with more than 300 enhancements.
Java SE 7 is now the default version of Java on Java.com.
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