Oracle has announced plans for advancing the Java Platform at the JavaOne conference, which is running alongside Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.
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The company plans to optimise Java for new application models and hardware, including extended support for scripting languages.
Analysts said the plans demonstrate that Oracle is serious about developing Java following the acquisition of Sun Microsytems earlier this year.
"Oracle has a strong vested interest in the success of the Java platform and is firmly committed to advancing Java SE and accelerating its release schedule," said Adam Messinger, vice-president of development, Fusion Middleware, Oracle.
"Oracle also recognises the pivotal role that the Java community serves in the evolution of the Java platform and pledges to increase both our collaboration with the community and the openness of our development process," he said.
Oracle also outlined plans to deliver advanced graphics, high-fidelity media and the ability to render HTML content within Java applications.
To achieve this, Oracle is working to integrate JavaFX with the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to enable better performance and improved usability.
As part of the next release of JavaFX in 2011, Oracle will introduce a new set of Java APIs that will open JavaFX capabilities to all Java developers.
"We are very excited about the upcoming enhancements to JavaFX, which will enable it to become the premier environment for rich client applications," said Nandini Ramani, senior director of development, Java Client Group, Oracle.
"With new Java APIs, Java developers will be able to incorporate powerful JavaFX capabilities into their applications with greater ease. New hardware-accelerated graphics and HTML rendering capabilities will unlock possibilities and enable a new wave of innovative applications," she said.