SOFTWARE VENDOR Oracle has revealed plans for the next generation of its Java language ecosystem for PCs, including an eventual merger of Java SE and Java ME for mobile and embedded systems.
The company outlined a number of proposed changes to Java on Tuesday at the Javaone conference in San Francisco.
Adam Messinger, Oracle vice president of development for Fusion Middleware, said that while Java ME will continue to target mobile devices and Java SE to target embedded systems, the company will bring the two products closer together.
"We think it is time to bring them together and bridge the divide between them," he said.
Oracle demonstrated several products for Java, including an IOS application based on an HTML5 shell that enables the use of Java platforms.
The PC version of Java was also a hot topic during the Tuesday keynote. Oracle has made the first preview versions of JDK 7 for Mac OS available, and mentioned a new release date for the Java 8 JDK build.
Messinger explained that Oracle will push back the release of the JDK by six months to mid-2013, owing to the need to balance the demands of developers and the larger Java community who have concerns about the pace of development.
"As we have talked with the community, we have heard that the pace is too rapid. It enables us to get the work done by late 2012 but, having an extra six months, were not just sitting on our hands. We have plenty to do," he said.
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