Larry Ellison at JavaOne: we'll build Android netbooks and phones to run Java


Larry Ellison at JavaOne: we'll build Android netbooks and phones to run Java

Cliff Saran

Oracle chief Larry Ellison confirmed his company's long-term commitment to Java at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

Sharing the stage with Sun chief executive officer, Scott McNealy, Ellison said, "Oracle's middleware strategy is based 100% on Java. It is open and it allows us to extend the platform. Our Fusion applications are built entirely on Java and we will have the first ever CRM and ERP products built on a standard [Java] platform."

With its planned acquisition of Sun and the purchase of BEA in 2007, Ellison said Oracle had invested more in Java than any other company and would "continue to invest in Java".

In particular, Ellison believed that JavaFX, the Java programming framework for building rich Internet applications, will revolutionise Oracle's software. "All of our products apart from the database are Java-based. We are looking forward to seeing libraries coming out of OpenOffice that use JavaFX - going to JavaFX will allow us to build fantastic user interfaces."

Ellison hinted that Oracle is considering developing netbooks and mobile phones that run Java applications, using Google's Android operating system.

He said, "I have been reading a lot about devices based on Java that use [Google] Android. Netbooks will be based on Android. I do not see any reason why devices like telephones and netbooks can't come from Oracle. These devices will fundamentally be based on Java."

During his keynote, McNealy suggested that Ellison convince Apple CEO Steve Jobs to put Java on the iPhone.

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