First article: Oracle brass coax Sun troops with tough love. Some initial (although vague) commitments to the future of Sun technologies and products. Greatest news is that Java will remain an open platform. Bad news is that Sun's new cloud initiative may be uninteresting for Oracle.
Most of Sun stuff will be very useful to Oracle.
Main highlights, from the Release Notes and some findings:
Get it here while it's hot; check the Release Notes, pretty long one btw, 204 bugs and that's just b01. Update 14 is going to be a massive update, not in the same ballpark of 6u10, but still. (6u13 will be just an SSR.)
The release is available here.
To learn JavaFX, I used my favorite method of playing with other people's code. I picked JavaFX Balls: the JavaFX version of the Bubblemark RIA benchmark.
Kudos to all the Sun hackers involved in this project. You overcame a large amount of negative expectations, perhaps because Sun announced FX too early or because Java SE was in discredit as a RIA platform (6u10 was already a major step to fix that). But I was pleasantly impressed with the FCS.