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24 August 2010, 14:31

JavaOne: Larry Ellison to chart Java future

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Oracle has announced that the opening keynote at JavaOne will be presented by Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison and Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian. The theme will be the company's plans for Java and the strategic future of the programming language which Oracle took ownership of when it acquired Sun Microsystems. This years edition of the world's biggest Java conference will run from the 19th to the 23rd of September and is the first to be held under Oracle's management.

The conference, which previously took pace in June, will now coincide with Oracle's OpenWorld conference and participants will have access to all the keynotes, lectures and exhibition halls of both conferences, including the OpenWorld Oracle User Forum. The latter is home to Java User Groups, a special MySQL program and to evening events. JavaOne is regarded as the world's largest conference for Java developers, organised for the first time in 1996, and has about 20,000 visitors. For comparison, last year's OpenWorld conference had 40,000 visitors.

There is much anticipation of Ellison's keynote, since Oracle's stewardship of Java has been regarded as unsatisfactory by many Java developers and user groups. A lack of a concrete roadmap, the lack of detail on the relationship between open source and commercial products, and the future of OpenJDK7 and JDK7 are all issues many would like to see clarified. These issues have become more critical in the aftermath of Oracle's announcement that it was taking legal action against Google for patent and copyright infringement over Google's implementation of the Dalvik virtual machine in Android, which is based on the open source Apache Harmony implementation of Java.

Missing from JavaOne, at least so far, is the "father of Java" James Gosling who was a regular speaker at JavaOne. He left Oracle earlier this year and has been taking a break, but has been critical of Oracle's legal action against Google. Gosling is still due to present at the German Oracle User Group DOAG conference in November with a keynote entitled "Time to move on".


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