SAN FRANCISCO: Java has taken centre stage in San Francisco, with Oracle opening its JavaOne show to run alongside the main OpenWorld event.
JavaOne 2010 is the first year that Oracle has run the show since its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of Oracle product development, took to the stage on Monday evening to shed light on the firm's three-year development plan for Java.
Oracle's plans focus around enhancing productivity for Java developers, integrating modularity into the Java Virtual Machine, and extending it to support all languages.
Oracle will also release a new graphics engine next year, which will add full 3D and DirectX Windows support.
Netbeans will get two new releases in 2011, although Kurian did not give further details of what these will be. JavaFX UI controls will also be available as open source.
Keen to highlight the continued popularity of Java since the Sun takeover, Kurian also said that there has been a 20 per cent increase in Java developers in the past six months, bringing the total to nine million.
Looking ahead, Kurian sees a big market for Java on mobile and embedded devices, such as the Amazon Kindle and Livescribe Smart Pen, both of which already run Java.
Kurian announced the Java Mobile.Next project, aimed at pushing Java further into devices ranging from smartphones to Blu-ray players and cars.
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