Oracle has pushed the second version of its JavaFX development platform into beta status, allowing developers using the JavaFX 2.0 SDK to begin testing the latest version of the Java platform.
Sun Microsystems unveiled JavaFX in 2008, offering a Java-based competitor to rich internet application platforms such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight.
Oracle, which now owns Sun, said that JavaFX 2.0 will further expand on the platform by adding a new graphics engine and additional user interface controls.
The beta release will also allow the embedding of HTML code within applications, and enable a new multimedia playback engine.
JavaFX was among the technologies acquired by Oracle when it agreed to buy Sun for $7.4bn in 2009. Oracle noted at the time that the Java platform was a key piece of the deal.
"This release is the latest development in Oracle's long-term commitment to making JavaFX a premier rich client platform," the company said in a blog post announcing the release.
Oracle plans to move the JavaFX 2.0 release into general availability some time in the third quarter of 2011.
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