John Gage kicks off the first day with his usual routine before turning it over to Jonathan Schwartz, the COO of Sun. The basis premise of his talk was that technology has a social utility and participation drives economic and social progress. He also talked about how blogs and wikis are changing how information gets published and distributed.
Next up was Yasushi Nishimura, the director of Panasonic USA and he talked about the Blu-ray disk which is the next big-thing in storage. Blu-ray DVD holds about 50 GB on a single disc with a potential of up to 200 GB. The Blu-ray disc standards bodies will use Java, as the standard for the interactivity menus and so all players will ship with a Java VM built into it. All menus and playback is controlled by Java and additional functions like in-movie menus, extras, etc are also all controlled by Java.
Takeshi Natsuno, the Founder of iMode at NTT DoCoMo was up next and he talked about the economic value of Java. NTT DoCoMo supposedly makes $ 6 Billion a year from their iMode service.
Jonathan then talked about Sun’s strained relation with IBM. The big-news was that IBM extended their Java license for the next 10-year deal. Steve Mills, Senior VP of the IBM Software Group talked via video about this deal. He then went to discuss Sun’s relationship with Apache and FOSS – Free and Open Source Software. His premise here was that there is a social utility to free software and that the money is in hardware and services and not software. Interesting.
The big news that he had was something I blogged about earlier – open sourcing the Sun J2EE application server available from java.net under project GlassFish (open-esb.java.net). This includes the app server, their ESB and JBI (JSR-208) released under the CDDL license. John Loiacono, VP of the Software Group at Sun came on next to talk about it. He claimed that there are 4.5 million Java developers, 2.5 billion Java devices worldwide and the number of Java-enabled handsets exceeds Java-enabled PC’s. Interesting trend. He then talked about Compatibility and jdk.net where you can download early releases of all the future JDK’s. The next item on his list was Java Business Integration specification and the official release of v1.0. He showed a slide with vendors that were supporting JBI v10 and it was interesting to note that IBM and BEA were not on the list.
Tor Norbye, Senior Sun Engineer and his team created the java Studio Creator 2 and he talked about the new product. The latest version is built on top of NetBeans and includes some new rich components including some new AJAX enabled components that offer Google Suggest like functionality. The AJAX component is available from java.net and Creator 2 from www.developers.sun.com/jscreator.
Next up were Charles Beckham and Chris Webster to talk about Java Studio Enterprise 8. They demoed their business process integration tool that is the graphical drag-n-drop tool for connecting services visually without writing plumbing tools. The tool also includes an XML-Java transformation tool that uses XML Schemas to visually map XML to Java. This will be available in early fall.
David Yach, the VP of Engineering of RIM was up next and they demoed a neat little application on the Blackberry. He then brought up Eclipse and published a simple Web Services application to the Blackberry simulator. The development environment looks pretty cool and showed a lot of potential.
John Loiacono, VP of the Software Group at Sun continued on talking about performance and DTrace and how showed off some awesome performance improvements for C and C++ application. He then invited Adam Leventhal to talk about DTrace Java. Adam did a hands-on demo where he traced a GUI application running on a Solaris boxes. DTrace showed how much time was being spent in Java code, native code or in the kernel code.
Robert LeBlanc, the WebSphere general manager was up next and he talked about the 10 or 11 year (ala Spinal Tap) deal IBM signed with Java. He basically stressed the importance of Java to IBM. Sun announced the whole IBM software stack from WebSphere, Tivoli, MQ, etc will be ported to Solaris 10 platform.
The next discussion item was the new Sun Ultra 20 Workstation running an AMD Olteron CPU. Nice demo of a military/homeland security application where they had 3D models to simulate terrorist attack. Sun is going to bundle all of their Sun studio and Creator tools into this bundle and sell it as a subscription model starting at $29.95, with a 3-year license agreement. More details are at www.sun.com/ultra20.
John Gage was back up to introduce James Gosling and his t-shirt hurling machine competition. The first entry was from El Salvador and it looked pretty cool. The first couples of attempts were pretty weak and they dumped their little t-shirt tossing tool and starting tossing them by hand. James Gosling is doing the Thursday keynote and is going to talk about all the toys including Blu-ray, mobility (MIDP), Boeing real-time flying drone, etc.
Scott McNealy then interrupted the discussion between James and John to invite a marching band, Duke and massive cake to celebrate 10 years of Java. Scott then brought out the original Green team on stage and then everyone sang happy birthday to Java. John Gage then talked about a new book that Sun’s going to publish that will capture the first 10 years of Java. The book will be available at java.com/birthday.
Dolphin or Java SE 7 features include direct XML support, “friends” for cross-package references, method references for GUI handlers, JVM bytecode for dynamic languages, BeanShell (JSR-274), new I/O API’s (JSR-203) and new packaging and deployment architecture where the distribution, installation and loading are separated.
Bill Shannon came on next to talk about the J2EE or Java EE 5 roadmap. Simplifying the programming model was a key theme with POJO-based programming model, extensive use of annotations, resource injections and new API’s and framework. Major features of Java EE 5 will be simplified Web Services support, better standards support for WS, simplified EJB development, a new persistence API and easy web application with JavaServer Faces (JSF). JAX-RPC gets renamed to JAX-WS (interop) and JAXB (xml binding) make up the new WS stack. Standards supported include SOAP 1.2, XML Schema 1.0, WSI 1.1 and many others. The new persistence API is also usable in Java SE as well and made up with the expert group that includes EJB, JDO, Toplink, Hibernate people. Interesting new thing in EJB 3.0 is the idea of defaults where most common things like transactions are on by default. Java EE 5 new contents including JSTL (JSR-52), StAX (JSR-173), WS Metdata (JSR-181), new persistence API (JSR-220), JAXB (JSR-222), JAX-WS (JSR-224), common annotation (JSR-250), and JSF (JSR-252). The Java EE 5 SDK beta will be available in Q4 2005 with the final release in Q1 2006.
Mark Hapner was on next to talk about the vision of SOA, just as my battery died. Saved by the battery 🙂