Meanwhile, Oracle is readying the planned July 28 release of Java SE (Java Platform, Standard Edition) 7 and the accompanying JDK (Java Development Kit) 7, an Oracle official noted at the conference. Java SE 7 will feature capabilities from the former Sun Microsystems Da Vinci Machine project, boosting the ability of different languages to run on the Java Virtual Machine, said Aurelio Garcia-Ribeyro, principal product manager in the Java platform group at Oracle. Java SE 7 also will incorporate an enhanced JMX (Java Management Extensions) agent from Oracle's JRockit Java Virtual Machine. Oracle has been merging the HotSpot JVM from Sun Microsystems with JRockit.
Multicore processor accommodations will be featured in Java SE 7, along with security improvements like elliptic curve cryptography and address space layout randomization. Other improvements include better font configuration for Unix and support for Unicode 6.0, for internationalization. In late 2012, Oracle plans to release JDK 8, which is to feature modularization and fully incorporates JRockit, adding JVM such features as JIT (Just In Time) compiler optimizations and serviceability capabilities. "All the features will be in a single JVM," Garcia-Ribeyro said.
A conference attendee emphasized his preference for the Java SE 7 platform over the actual Java language itself. "I think what they offer [with the Java language] is good, but it's mostly cosmetic. You have things like Scala that will offer you much better return," said Tommy Cheng, lead engineer at Qwiki, which offers machine-generated information visualization.
Also at the event, officials at Red Hat said in an interview that JBoss Application Server 7, which is an open source community project, is due next month, featuring accommodations for multi-core processors, fast startup and a modular design. "We're getting a tenfold increase in startup time performance," said Daniel Allen, Red Hat principal software engineer. A remote Web administration console is featured also. Intended for developers and the community at large, version 7 serves as a precursor to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, which is geared for enterprise usage and is due early next year.