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Products and Partnerships Rolled Out at JavaOne
Check out the hot new products and exciting partnerships unveiled at JavaOne 2007.
by John Waters

May 16, 2007

Sun Microsystems commanded the spotlight at its annual JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco last week. The company announced a new JavaFX product line and Java SE development kit, along with an Ericsson partnership.

However, Sun wasn't the only company unveiling products, projects and partnerships at the show. Here's some of what others had to say at JavaOne.


Spring Woven Into Appistry's Fabric
Grid computing pioneer Appistry and Interface21, the privately held company behind the Java-based Spring application framework, announced that they are working together on a product that will combine their technologies to support large-scale Java application deployments.

Appistry is a provider of "application fabric" software, which is a kind of virtualized grid environment. The St. Louis, Missouri-based company's flagship product, Appistry Enterprise Application Fabric (Appistry EAF) is designed to run large-scale, time-critical applications across a network of commodity-grade computers.

Spring has become the dominant Java application framework. Widely recognized for its ease-of-use, the Spring framework is now used by thousands of organizations to build and deploy mission-critical applications.

The jointly developed product, called Appistry EAF for Spring, will tie the Spring framework to Appistry's fabric software. The result will be an easy-to-use solution for scaling out Spring applications with no code changes, said Appistry's CEO Kevin Haar. Spring customers will get the compute and data grid facilities required by large-scale, mission-critical apps, Haar added, including those for high-volume data processing, real-time analytics, and enterprise high-performance computing.

Nokia Enables Mondo Graphics Via Series 40
Nokia's new edition of its Java-based Series 40 platform for mobile application development had its debut at JavaOne. It's the fifth edition of one of the most widely implemented mobile device development platforms.

The new edition incorporates Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME) technology with support for the latest version of the mobile information device profile (MIDP 2.1). Its enhanced user interface helps build richer multimedia applications and services for mass-market Nokia mobile devices.

The new edition implements the JSR-248 (Java Specification Request) Mobile Service Architecture specification, completed in 2006. Nokia and Vodafone were spec leads on the project, which aimed to provide a consistent set of Java technologies for high-volume mobile handsets. JSR-248 is also a key component of Nokia's S60 platform.

Enhancements to Series 40 allow developers to deliver streaming video, image rendering, mobile 3D graphics and scalable 2D Vector graphics to mass market mobile devices.

The enhancements to Series 40 underscore the evolving roll of the handset as a computing platform, observed long-time industry watcher Alan Penchansky, president of Pen Group Communications.

"Nokia rarely uses the term 'cell phone' anymore," Penchansky said. "And they tend to refer to the S60 line as multimedia computers."

Sun Gets a Shot From ARM
Chip designer ARM disclosed that Sun Microsystems will license ARM's graphics acceleration technology. The deal comes in the wake of Sun's acquisition of the assets of SavaJE Technologies, which had licensed ARM's technology. Sun announced in April its intention to buy the intellectual property assets of SavaJE, a mobile Java OS maker.

Under the agreement, ARM transferred its Java and graphics licenses from SavaJE to Sun. Those licenses include the ARM Swerve Client software and ARM Jazelle Java Technology Enabling Kit.

Sun is now a member of ARM's Connected Community partnership ecosystem.

During the conference keynote opener, Sun's EVP of Software Rich Green demonstrated an iPhone-like device from Taiwan's First International Computer. The device featured an enhanced version of the SavaJE GUI, and sported a 200MHz ARM 9 processor.

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