Expanded investment in the Java programming language is one of the strategies Oracle has planned when it completes the $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun this summer, said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison when he took the stage at the 2009 JavaOne Conference. He mentioned developing programs for netbooks, mobile devices, and office productivity, and pledged a commitment to Java technologies, including the Java rich media extension JavaFX.
"I don't expect a lot of changes, just expanded investment and a lot of enthusiasm coming from Oracle," said Ellison, who noted that many of Oracle's products are already based on Java, reported Mercury News' Brandon Bailey.
Oracle's middleware strategy "is based 100 percent on Java," he said, noted ComputerWorld's Paul Krill. "Java was a very attractive platform for us because it was open and it allowed us to extend the platform. Our whole next generation of business applications, something we call the Fusion suite of applications, is built entirely on Java. We think it's going to be very attractive to our customers and to the community."
Integrating both companies' hardware and software in the development of new appliances for commercial data centers is part of the plan and aggressively developing Java applications for devices such as phones and netbooks.
Mentioning the adoption of Google's Android operating system that uses Java for netbooks and mobile phones by some manufacturers lead to this comment from Ellison: "I think you'll see lots and lots of Java devices, some coming from our friends at Google, but I don't see why some of the devices shouldn't come from Sun-Oracle. There will be computers fundamentally based on Java and JavaFX, devices based on Java and JavaFX, not only from Google but also from Sun."
In regards to JavaFX, Ellison expressed hope that JavaFX could supersede AJAX development since many programmers do not want to program in AJAX. "Going to JavaFX is going to allow us to build fantastic UIs in Java," he predicts.
"We're very committed to seeing JavaFX exploited throughout Oracle and throughout Sun," he said, with OpenOffice being one solution that could be beefed up with JavaFX Web development tools and have its group libraries based on JavaFX.
"We see increased investments in Java coming from the Sun-Oracle combination and an expansion of the overall community and we're very excited about that," Ellison said. "I think you'll see us get very aggressive with Java."
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