A three-part video deep dives into the Java Store and the Java Warehouse. The Java Store is a JavaFX-powered storefront that provides an easy and secure way to discover and acquire compelling Java and JavaFX applications. The Java Warehouse is the repository for applications submitted for distribution through the Java Store. Bernard Traversat, director of Engineering for the Java Store at Sun, discusses and demonstrates how to use the two with Sun Senior Information Engineer Ed Ort.
Part 1: Overview of the Java Warehouse and Java Store
The Java Store and Warehouse gives application developers the opportunity to connect to a large potential base of consumers to showcase and monetize their applications. For consumers, it provides an easy way to discover useful and entertaining applications for their desktop. The latest beta release of Sun's Java Store offers features, including account creation in the client, the ability for developers outside of the US to preview applications using the Java Store view, improved integration with PayPal and more.
Traversat explains that developers interested in placing their applications into the Java Warehouse need to join the Java Warehouse Developer Portal to submit content.
The Java Store Website is free but does require registration to view the available products, which include social networking, games, productivity tools and business applications.
Part 2: Learn how to submit a desktop application to the Java Warehouse
Java Warehouse is a Web-based application and supports a number of browsers for Windows, Linux, and Mac. To access the site, a Sun Developer Network account is required and registration is accessible from its main page.
Traversat reviews the process of placing an application into the Java Warehouse:
- First there is submission of the application. In the video, Traversat actually submits a new application so viewers can see first-hand what is needed to complete this step successfully.
- Then a review process is started with the Sun Java Warehouse team ensuring applications are viable and there are no security issues associated with them. Once approved, application developers will receive an email alerting them of the status.
- To make the application visible and available within the Java Store, developers log back into the portal and publish the application. This gives them the opportunity to selectively market their applications in conjunction with events or particular times of year, (i.e., Christmas).
In this video segment, Traversat also explains how developers can make changes to an application if an update needs to be made to an already published application.
Part 3: Learn how to use the Java Store
The Java Store is currently in beta. Once it becomes generally available at launch, it will be distributed with the Java Runtime Environment.
Part 3 of this deep dive demonstrates how applications are viewed by consumers in the Java Store, including how available, published applications are accessed and previewed.
Key features of the Java Store identified in this piece:
- It is a rich desktop application written in JavaFX
- Delivery via Java webstart (JNLP)
- Consumers can preview before installing
- Drag to install an application
- Store driven security sandbox
- Update on launch
- Application management
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