Sun Microsystems has announced a significant upgrade to the Java platform and programming language.
Known as Project Tiger, the beta release of Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 aims to offer easier development, new application monitoring and management features, a dedicated focus on rich client support for the PC desktop, and improved performance.
The J2SE 5.0 software development kit (JDK) includes tools such as compilers and debuggers necessary for developing applets and applications and the Java Runtime Environment (JRE.
Sun also announced that Java Specification Request (JSR) 176 has reached final draft through the Java Community Process (JCP). J2SE 5.0 is based upon JSR 176.
With more than 100 new features, J2SE 5.0 aims to enable developers to be more productive and allow system administrators to monitor and manage applications more effectively as it delivers a richer experience for end-users on desktop PCs.
“Language updates in the new version [reduce] the amount of repetitive boilerplate code that needs to be written. New features include generics, enumerated types, metadata and autoboxing,” said Java systems engineer at Sun Sean O’Hare.
Performance improvements include reduced start-up time, a smaller memory footprint, and auto-tuning to deliver optimised performance on various systems.
Monitoring and manageability is a key theme of the release, and the platform features a new monitoring and management API.
Writen by Computing SA staff
Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 is available for download at http://java.sun.com/j2se .