Feeds

Sun plans 'consumer-friendly' Java SE

Shrink fit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

JavaOne Sun Microsystems is introducing changes to Java, boosting speed and improving flexibility for deployment on PCs and consumer-facing devices.

Java Standard Edition (Java SE) 7.0 will feature a special Consumer Java Runtime Environment for desktop Java applications to "start from cold very quickly", the company said Tuesday.

Sun said it's revamping the "install experience to bring a more consumer focus to the desktop". It's not clear whether the consumer runtime will supplant or exist with Java SE's existing runtime.

Also planned is modularisation of the JRE so devices can run the minimum number of applications and instructions with other code "downloaded in parallel".

"This should bring a lot of relief and excitement to the desktop," Java SE platform lead Danny Coward told Sun's annual JavaOne conference.

Changes to JavaSE will feed into GlassFish - Java SE is the basis application server from Sun and rivals. Sun promised a 100 kilobyte kernel in the upcoming GlassFish 3.0, to speed start-up and performance on devices with limited processing and memory capacity. Developers will also be able to dynamically add and remove additional packages to expand the kernel's functionality.

Developers shouldn't hold their breath for these changes appearing any time soon. Senior staff engineer Jerome Dochez said squeezing Glassfish down involved a "big reworking of the application server" and "we are not so far fully Java compliant."

Other changes to Java SE 7.0 focus on improved scripting language support and management. Sun will re-work the Java Archive (JAR) file format for clean installation, and to highlight dependencies on other libraries or code, with something it's calling a "superJAR".

The focus on Java SE comes as Sun announced JavaFX Script and JavaFX Mobile to develop and run multimedia content on mobile phones. Sun appears to believe JavaFX Script and JavaFX Mobile will exist in parallel to Java ME - the current Java platform for mobile devices.

By shrinking core Java SE elements to fit, Sun believes it can bring some more desktop-like richness and functionality to mobile computing without overloading the device's hardware. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.