Saturday, October 10, 2009

Oracle OpenWorld for the Java Developer

Many in the Java development community are hoping to glean clues about Oracle's vision of the future of Java (assuming successful acquisition of Sun by Oracle) at next week's Oracle OpenWorld (11-15 October 2009 at Moscone Center in San Francisco). In this blog post, I briefly look at some Java-related information we might expect to come out of OpenWorld.

Both Oracle and Sun Microsystems are emphasizing each other's partnerships with one another in advance of this event. Sun has a web page called Java at Oracle OpenWorld that includes a listing of "Oracle OpenWorld Java Sessions", "Oracle Develop Java Sessions", and mention of James Gosling's Oracle Develop keynote presentation Top Ten Things You May Not Know about Sun Software. Sun also has a Feature Story that includes celebration of their "quarter century partnership with Oracle". According to this page, Sun employees will lead thirty general sessions and ten developer sessions. This page also references the Larry Ellison/Scott McNealy keynote on Sunday (tomorrow).

Oracle has been an user and supporter of Java for some time and has its own page on its partnership with Sun. Oracle also features a site on Sun-sponsored Oracle Develop.

There are many resources for additional information regarding Oracle OpenWorld. These include The OTN Guide to Oracle OpenWorld 2009, which features a section of "community streams" that I think may have the most potential interest to me during the week. These "community streams" include Oracle OpenWorld Live (also covered in this blog post) and Blogs about Oracle OracleWorld 2009 (see also Oracle blogs on OpenWorld).

Third-party coverage of Oracle and Sun at Oracle OpenWorld includes The Register's Sun and Oracle to Pimp Synergies at OpenWorld, Oracle Takeover of Sun to be Center Stage at OpenWorld, and OpenWorld to Shed Light on Oracle's Java Plans.

I look forward to the blogs and other accounts that come out of OpenWorld 2009 this coming week. At the very least, there should be plenty of fodder for continued theorizing and controversy about the future of Java. Some believe that Oracle's purchase of Sun is good for Java while others are not so sure. I don't expect many definitive statements regarding Java beyond what was stated by Oracle representatives at 2009 JavaOne, but I do expect there to be interesting observations and read-between-the-lines conclusions made perhaps even when not warranted.

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