SOURCE: Oracle Corporation

Oracle Corporation

September 29, 2014 11:08 ET

Oracle Highlights Continued Java SE Momentum and Innovation at JavaOne 2014

Java Community Continues to Embrace Java SE 8, Rallies for Java SE 9

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 29, 2014) - JAVAONE, SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle (NYSE: ORCL)

News Summary
Whether you're making a bank transaction, transmitting a picture from a smart phone, or driving a car, there is almost no technology in the world that Java does not touch. Oracle continues to work closely with key partners in the Java ecosystem to deliver new innovation to Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) that will support the fast pace of life and business today and well into the future. At JavaOne 2014, Oracle will highlight these advancements and the rapid adoption of the latest release of Java SE 8. Oracle will also show how it's working in the OpenJDK Community to lay the groundwork for Java SE 9.

News Facts

  • At JavaOne 2014, Oracle is highlighting the strong momentum and continued innovation in the Java SE platform, including new advancements slated for Java SE 9.
  • Since its launch, Java SE 8 has seen record adoption, and the OpenJDK Community continues to thrive with contributions from Oracle as well as from other companies, researchers, and individual developers.
  • At JavaOne, Oracle will discuss ongoing investments in Java SE 8, including security and performance optimizations and new platform support, and the recent release of the Java Development Kit 8, Update 20 (JDK 8u20).
  • Oracle is showcasing these and other Java enhancements throughout JavaOne 2014, running September 28 through October 2 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham.

Community Rapidly Adopts Java SE 8

  • Since its launch in March 2014, Java SE 8 has achieved record adoption rates. Overall, adoption is up more than 20 percent compared to the same post-launch time period for Java SE 7.
  • In addition, the Java SE 8 launch webcast and 35 supporting technical videos have been viewed more than 140,000 times. 
  • Continuing to engage the global Java community, Oracle been conducting a year-long worldwide Java Tour, providing educational content and events to more than 100 Java User Groups (JUGs) in 20 countries and 6 continents. Technical content has also been made available for JUGs to host their own events focused on Java 8.
  • Additionally, the Oracle-sponsored NightHacking Java 8 Tour events have reached nearly 7,000 Java developers in person and nearly 50,000 online via the NightHacking broadcasts.
  • Java SE 8 has enjoyed strong uptake by communities focused on other, non-Java languages, as exemplified by Scala 2.12 planning to support only Java 8, further demonstrating the adoption of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as a universal runtime.
  • Goldman Sachs' GS Collections leverages Lambdas and additional language features in Java SE 8.
  • All three major Java integrated development environments (IDEs) -- NetBeans IDE 8.0, Eclipse Luna, and JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 -- support Java SE 8.

Continued Investment in Java Security

  • Oracle continues to focus on securing Java users everywhere, having released several security enhancements and features to enable customers and partners to continue to develop secure and reliable Java-based applications.
  • At JavaOne, Oracle will offer a Java and Security track to provide the information that organizations and developers need to protect their Java investments. The track will address topics ranging from security tools and coding techniques to innovative products, and will include participation from recognized security leaders discussing policies and best practices. The track will run throughout the conference.

Delivering New Java SE Innovations

  • Recently, Oracle announced the Java Development Kit 8, Update 20 (JDK 8u20). This latest release of Oracle's implementation of Java SE continues to improve upon the significant advances made in the initial JDK 8 release with new features, security improvements, and performance optimizations. 
  • Updates include new enterprise-focused administration features available in Oracle Java SE Advanced products, offering greater control of Java version compatibility and security updates as well as a new Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI)-compatible installer.
  • Oracle JDK 8u20 includes a new tool, the Java Advanced Management Console, to provide system administrators with effective control over diverse Java versions running on desktops in the enterprise, enabling a more secure environment and enhanced application experience and availability.
  • Also introduced in this release is an MSI Enterprise JRE Installer that enables system administrators to provide consistent automated installation of the JRE across all desktops in the enterprise, free of user interaction requirements. Integrated with the MSI Enterprise JRE Installer is the Java Uninstall tool, which provides the option to remove older versions of Java from the system.
  • Java Mission Control 5.4, a powerful JVM monitoring and diagnostics tool, comes bundled with the Oracle JDK 8u20 release and includes new features and numerous enhancements to improve user experience and performance.
  • Additional performance features included in JDK 8u20 include string de-duplication, garbage-first (G1) garbage collector, and Nashorn optimizations.
  • In addition to update releases, Oracle has added support for new platforms in JDK 8, including:
    • Support for the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture is now available in limited beta, with select partners signed up and testing. This added platform support will expand the addressable server market for Java.
    • Oracle and Imagination Technologies are collaborating to optimize Java for the MIPS CPU architecture and bring the JDK and Oracle Java SE Embedded support to MIPS systems.

Building Java SE 9

  • Oracle has begun work on the JDK 9 Project in the OpenJDK Community. New features will focus on modularity, performance, stability, and portability.
  • JDK 9 is at this stage a prototype of Java SE 9; it eventually will be the official Reference Implementation of that release. New features initially will be proposed and tracked via the JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) process and then discussed, refined, and approved in the Java Community Process for inclusion in the official Java SE 9 platform.
  • Project Jigsaw aims to design and implement a standard module system for the Java SE platform to make implementations more easily scalable down to small devices, improve security and maintainability, enable improved application performance, and make it easier for developers to build and maintain large software systems.
  • Additional features and enhancements planned for JDK 9 include Process API Updates to improve the control and management of operating system processes, Improve Contended Locking and Segmented Code Cache to enhance performance, and others.
  • Many additional JEPs are being worked on with an eye toward inclusion in JDK 9. Other JDK enhancements from Oracle include improvements to Java Mission Control, the Java Advanced Management Console, and the Garbage-First (G1) garbage collector.
  • The Java SE 9 compatibility program is already running; JDK 9 snapshot releases are available for download and testing, with the goal of bolstering the platform for improved security and stability through proactive community outreach.
  • The community can track progress at: http://openjdk.java.net/projects/jdk9/

The OpenJDK Community Continues to Thrive

  • The OpenJDK Community continues to host the development of both the Java SE Platform Specification and its Reference Implementation, the JDK, fueled by contributions from Oracle and new and existing organizations and individuals. New participants in OpenJDK include:
    • The FreeBSD Foundation, which will be collaborating with Oracle and others on producing OpenJDK binaries targeted to FreeBSD users via the FreeBSD Ports Collection
    • The Digital Energy Business of the General Electric Company, which recently joined the OpenJDK Community and will be collaborating with Oracle and others on improving stability and performance of multilanguage virtual machine support via the invokeDynamic (JSR 292) API
    • Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., which will be contributing its expertise in networking, performance, and integration to the community.
  • The OpenJDK Community hosts many new projects that will continue to move the Java SE platform forward. These include Valhalla, which is exploring advanced language and JVM features; Panama, which aims to improve the connections between Java and native code; and smaller efforts such as Annotations Pipeline 2.0, Javadoc.next, Device I/O, and Memory Model Update.

Supporting Quotes

  • "Without a doubt, Java SE 8 is a game changer," said Donald Raab, managing director and head of the JVM Architecture group at Goldman Sachs. "The addition of Lambdas in Java 8 has allowed us to reduce LOC by 9 percent in our unit test modules for GS Collections. Java 8 has created a very real opportunity for Java developers to improve their code bases by effectively leveraging higher-level implementation patterns. We hope that LOCD (Lines of Code Deleted) will become the metric that Java developers most enjoy reporting."
  • "The Eclipse Luna tooling packages featuring Java SE 8 support have been downloaded over 5 million times since June," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "Moreover, our Eclipse Community Survey from June 2014 has shown almost 10 percent of developers already deploying to Java 8 in production."
  • "Oracle and Imagination are working together to enhance Java for embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) applications and optimize Java for the MIPS CPU architecture," said Tony King-Smith, executive vice president, Marketing, Imagination Technologies. "To address increasing customer demand for optimized Java support for MIPS, the effort will bring the Oracle JDK, Oracle Java SE Embedded, and other product support to 64-bit and 32-bit MIPS systems.
  • "Oracle continues to heavily invest in the Java platform, and the record adoption of JDK 8 highlights the strength of the latest version, as well as the community's ongoing support," said Georges Saab, vice president of Java SE Development at Oracle. "From enterprise architectures to the Internet of Things, Java remains the world's #1 programming language. We look forward to working closely with the Java community as we continue to innovate across the Java SE 8 platform and prepare for Java SE 9."

Supporting Resources

Java Facts and Figures

  • 9 million developers worldwide
  • More than 3 billion devices are powered by Java technology
  • More than 125 million Java-based media devices have been deployed
  • Over 10 billion Java Cards have been shipped since its introduction

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