A JavaOne attendee lauded Oracle's plans for JavaFX on iOS. "It's a huge market," for JavaFX applications, said Daryl Gerlach, Websphere portal architect at Phoenix Contact, which makes industrial electrical components.
With Project Avatar, the company is proposing a solution for dynamic rich clients, featuring HTML5 on the browser, Java applications, and Java EE (Enterprise Edition) in the cloud. Avatar is intended to improve interoperability between HTML5 and Java to simplify the development of rich client/server interaction for cloud-based applications, Oracle said. In demonstrating Avatar, Oracle officials leveraged an Apple iPod.
Avatar can forge a hybrid combination in which the UI is written via HTML5 and the model and controller are built in Java, enabling an application that looks like any other iOS application. "The basic idea is that you have a Java and an HTML5 hybrid app which can run on mobile devices," said Adam Messinger, Oracle vice president of development for Fusion Middleware. Avatar unites Java ME, SE, and EE, Messinger explained. The Java Virtual Machine is linked to the program, enabling compliance with Apple rules, according to Messinger.
Bridging the divide between Java ME and SE, Oracle plans to let Java ME developers benefit from Java SE language enhancements, leveraging consistent debugging, profiling, and diagnostics across both platforms. CDC (Connected Device Configuration) technology from Java ME will be fitted atop Java SE via a CDC profile. At this juncture, Oracle has made no statements about discontinuing Java ME, however. The company anticipates its Java ME specification will provide for a smartphone experience on feature phones.