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Devoxx 09: JDK 7, Java EE 6, JavaFX, Java Store and more

The Janitor is here at Devoxx, just down
the road from Neelie Kroes !

 Her
influence was on show at the Oracle
keynote, which began with a
legal disclaimer saying something about forward
looking statements about products not being indicative of anything.
One has to be sympathetic as the commission's
wheels grind on,
but it was a bit like hearing that the tenor has a sore throat
before
the opera starts. Happily, Roberto
and Ludo were more
melodious, announcing the imminent
December 10th release date for Java EE 6 and Glassfish v3 and a
demo of deploy-on-save in Eclipse (it could equally
have been in NetBeans),
re-deploying deployment
descriptor-free servlets and EJBs to Glassfish v3 in about a
second. Adobe gave an
engaging
keynote, and although the Janitor
didn't love the smell of all the
multistep
automagical conversion to massage an app developed in the flash
tool into something allowed to run on the iPhone (pretty sure Apple
doesn't either), the image-to-widget tool in Adobe Catalyst demoed very
well. Something to think
about for the JavaFX
Production Suite.

Next up the Janitor
sat in on Mark Reinhold's session on JDK 7. There
was a progress update
on the projects you
already know about, some of
the Project Coin
code snippets provoking murmurs of appreciation and the odd
ripple of applause, as did Mark's proposal to add simplified
closures proposal to JDK 7. Less
good news on the
schedule, but as Roberto
is finding for
Java EE 6, sometimes the wait
can be satisfying.

After lunch, the voices became hushed and the big room where James was
about to speak suddenly filled up. James talked about the JavaStore, which is in live beta, as well as a
new
set of cash registers. While you can still only purchase apps from
the store in the US (until the legal team works through the retailing
laws of every other country), you can submit apps today if you are
in US,
UK, Australia, India, China, Sweden, Brazil or Russia, with
Belgium, Canada,
Israel, Germany, Italy, France, Spain coming soon.

Richard and Jasper and Tor's session on JavaFX focused on the upcoming
features in JavaFX
1.3 and on the authoring
tool. Covering tasks,
the new UI
controls (like tree, menus, popups, tooltips, scrollviews etc), new
region architecture for expanded
CSS styling and super fast rendering, it looks like a tasty package
in the works, and the authoring tool (last seen
at JavaOne) was looking better than ever.
Can't wait to get it out the door.

And for a while today #devoxx
was trending on Twitter. Right now beer and frites are trending
high. More tomorrow.