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JavaOne Keynote Highlights the Future of Java

Provides Update on Recent Java Developments, Previews Future Innovation

Oracle JavaOne, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 2, 2017

The opening keynote presentation for JavaOne 2017, the world’s largest gathering of software developers who use Java, highlighted the continued success of the Java platform while emphasizing upcoming additions to the Java language and ecosystem. Oracle was joined on-stage by executives from other leading technology companies to discuss Java’s role in transforming the way people work and live in the digital era. With over 12 million developers running Java and more than 1 billion downloads each year, Java remains the world’s most popular programming language. Java is also the #1 developer choice for cloud, with over 21 billion cloud-connected Java virtual machines.

Oracle’s Mark Cavage, vice president of software development, opened the event with an overview of the numerous innovations recently announced for the Java platform. He summarized 2017’s major announcements around the Java platform and provided a glimpse of the future of Java, which focused on Java’s pervasiveness in the cloud, new cloud-related features and projects, and the need to support container-centric microservices and serverless architectures. Redmonk co-founder and analyst James Governor also took the stage to share his perspective on how recent developments in Java set the stage for Java’s continued usage for modern application development in the cloud.

Next, Mark Cavage focused on Java in the cloud, and was joined on stage by Spotify’s principal architect Niklas Gustavsson to discuss his company’s use of Java to solve large scale distributed compute problems within their application architecture, followed by Craig McLuckie, CEO of Heptio and co-founder of Kubernetes, to talk about the relationship between Java, Kubernetes and the Docker ecosystem. Cavage also announced an open source project centered around microservices development for Java developers on top of Kubernetes. Next, Oracle’s Varun Madan and George Matthew went on to demonstrate next steps in monitoring and diagnosing large scale, multi-JVM cloud applications with a real-time diagnostics service based on the now open source Java Flight Recorder.

Finally, Oracle announced a new serverless open source project – Fn – which was open-sourced live on stage by Chad Arimura, vice president of serverless development at Oracle. As part of his presentation, Arimura discussed how container-based solutions leveraging Java and serverless architectures are complementary and work together to enable Java developers to build modern, distributed applications with continuous integration and delivery.

Mark Reinhold, chief architect of Java, demonstrated the benefits of using Java 9 in the cloud and how easy it is to build lightweight Java applications quickly and easily using Jigsaw’s modularity and Docker-friendly Alpine Linux Java SE. He was joined by Brian Goetz, architect of Java language and libraries at Oracle, who spoke about future directions for the Java language.

The JavaOne keynote also featured several speakers to help outline the refreshed Java EE direction, including Ian Robinson, distinguished engineer and WebSphere Foundation chief architect at IBM, Mark Little, Red Hat vice president of engineering and CTO of JBoss Middleware, and David Blevins, CEO of Tomitribe.

Recent Updates about the Java Platform:

Java SE:

  • Java SE 9 was released on September 21 with major new capabilities and features including modularity with Jigsaw
  • Oracle announced a plan to increase the release cadence of Java SE to every 6 months
  • Starting with JDK 9 GA, Oracle is shipping OpenJDK builds under the GPL
  • Oracle JDK will contribute previously commercial features such as Java Flight Recorder to OpenJDK
  • Oracle will work with other OpenJDK contributors to make the community infrastructure complete, modern and accessible

For the full list of features introduced in JDK 9, please visit this page.

Java EE:

  • Java EE 8 was released on September 21 with significant new capabilities in JAX-RS (REST), Servlet, JSON parsing and bindings, amongst others
  • Oracle, in collaboration with Red Hat and IBM, selected Eclipse Foundation as the place to continue evolving Java EE technologies
  • Oracle and Eclipse are now working with the Java EE community to determine the details for the technology transfer, branding and overall governance within the Eclipse community

For a full list of features included in Java EE 8, please visit this page.

For demonstrations and content describing how to use Java with Docker containers within a continuous integration and continuous delivery environment please visit this page.

Quotes from the Oracle JavaOne 2017 Keynote:

Mark Cavage:

“We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always.”

“We needed to do a lot more to modernize, to get you to that world of cloud and microservices and serverless.”

Ian Robinson:

“For people building solutions on top of Java EE, having this new community fired up with energy, gives them encouragement that the future of Java EE is strong.”

“Having both the low-level JVM and the enterprise platform both at Eclipse is a really strong endorsement for Java development top to bottom at Eclipse.”

Mark Little:

“Moving EE for J to Eclipse I think allows these two big communities to come together and help to drive Enterprise Java into the next decade, as you mentioned earlier.”

James Governor:

“Things have changed in the Java ecosystem probably more in the past three weeks than they have in the previous 13 years.”

“It was very important that the open sourcing happened, and, yeah, we've got a new version of Java coming out.”

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