Friday, July 2, 2004
I'd like to report on what happened at JavaOne, but there are two problems: First, I was in China, not at J1. Second, there are a flood of reports in the press. To get a recap, the best bet is to visit one of my favorite XML "news" feeds: "TheServerSide.com: Your Enterprise Java Community". However, I will highlight several newsworthy items:
- Project Looking Glass -- kind of a 3D windows interface (but doesn't run under Windows (capital "W"); shown a year ago, but seems to be ready for prime time.
- J2SE Version 5 (J2SE 5) -- yes, their numbering scheme has changed; Sun is trying to make client-side Java a ... ah, possibility.
- Java for your BMW -- true!! The ultimate geek toy!! "Hey, baby, want to ride in my Java-powered B'mer?" I can see it now ...
- Java-enabled phones (350 million) and Java-enabled smart cards (600 million) -- hmmm ... I don't have either (I feel like a Luddite!).
- Project Kitty Hawk -- "includes professional services for designing an SOA" (service-oriented architecture); sounds enticing.
- NetBeans 4.0 Integrated Development Environment (IDE ) -- Sun's "big" J2EE-related news, and ...
- ... more mobile stuff (see http://tinyurl.com/2jexc ).
Tidbit: There are four million Java developers, up one million over the past year. Not sure if I believe this, but the trend sounds good.
Bottom line: Yes, I am touting Java.