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What was the most important Java news of 2008?

JavaFX released
19% (197 votes)
JDK 6u10 ("Consumer JRE") released
34% (355 votes)
Java 7 to modularize JDK
13% (137 votes)
Java 7 to omit closures
13% (134 votes)
Mobile carriers to offer "app stores" for ME apps
2% (19 votes)
Blu-Ray wins format war
7% (72 votes)
Popularity of, support for dynamic JVM languages
11% (113 votes)
Something else (please comment)
3% (31 votes)
Total votes: 1058

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media support media support media support...

Nothing at all on this list affected me in any way, even though I work almost entirely in Java. Modularised downloads? Who cares? JavaFx? Maybe in a bit. Closures? Nice, but hardly life altering. All of these things were ok, but they didn't extend java as a platform. They don't let you do something you couldn't do before in Java. My Big Feature would be media support. That would have been nice. Proper, actual video and audio support. MP4, H264, AAC, hooking into third party native if necessary, but something. Seriously, media support has been poor since the very start. I'm not suggesting it's easy, but I cannot understand the complete lack of enthusiasm for it. Because of it, we have a Java application which has to drop out to C++ to show a video - yuck! Please - for 2009, extend Java to stuff it couldn't do before. Everything else we can work around.

"Most important"?

This is the list of the "most important Java news of 2008"? Scary - obviously not much did happen in the Java universe last year?! Chris

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Desktop over Blu-Ray

Even though I think that the Blu-Ray win will ultimately be more important to Java's future, I think the changes in update 10 are pivotal in keeping Java going until that future can be realized.

Desktop over Blu-Ray

sure about that? i keep thinking download speeds will make physical formats obsolete.

Desktop over Blu-Ray

physical distribution has many advantages, not the least of which is not having to be online at all times.

It's also ulimately cheaper for the distributor (as well as probably the consumer), as on-demand distribution requires an expense each time the resource is accessed.

And as a consumer I'd not want to pay for something only to have the distributor disappear, which is a quite real concern with on-demand content (as people who signed up for some online music services are finding out, their libraries gone and with it the music they paid for as the services go down).

And as a distributor of content that's already heavily pirated I wouldn't want to make it easier still by providing my customers the means to download and burn their own media (or more than once anyway), something some of them I know are doing (iTunes for example).

Desktop over Blu-Ray

Why does the comment page take me to my profile after I submit? I thought I had clicked the wrong thing and ended up double posting.

Desktop over Blu-Ray

Even though I think that the Blu-Ray win will ultimately be more important to Java's future, I think the changes in update 10 are pivotal in keeping Java going until that future can be realized.

consumer jre/usability improvements

this is absolutely the most critical aspect of java browser-based development. new technologies are nice, but until java get's a seamless browser experience like Flash, all RIA efforts will be hampered. I read somewhere that the Java plugin team will continue working towards having an invisible plugin experience; much more like Flash. I say give that team carte blanche to do what they need to do. Java is already on tons of comps out there, it just needs the usability upgrade to catapult it into the lead RIA platform.