Oracle has released Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 Update 6 (Java SE 7 Update 6) and JavaFX 2.2, as well as the first release of JavaFX Scene Builder. With this release, Oracle is providing full availability of Java SE 7 Update 6 on Mac OS X, including the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and the Java Development Kit (JDK), as well as the JavaFX 2.2 rich client platform and JavaFX Scene Builder.
Consumers will soon be able to download the JRE for Mac OS X from Java.com, just as they do for all other operating systems, and Oracle will provide auto-updates for Mac OS X at the same time as for Windows platforms. Oracle will highlight these and other Java technology updates at JavaOne 2012, September 30 - October 4, 2012 in the Zone at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Hotel Nikko, Parc 55 Wyndham and the Taylor Street Café.
Java SE 7 Update 6 Java SE 7 Update 6 introduces a JDK for Linux on ARM v6 and v7 to address “general purpose” ARM systems, such as those used for the emerging micro-server ARM market, and for development platforms such as Raspberry Pi. This new JDK for Linux on ARM is made available under the Oracle Binary Code License and is available for download at no cost for development and production use on general-purpose platforms. Java Access Bridge is now included by default in Java SE 7 Update 6 on Windows to provide direct communication with assistive technology applications.
Starting with this release, JavaFX is now fully integrated into Oracle's Java SE implementation, helping to ensure that JavaFX runtime libraries are present on millions of desktops worldwide.
Java SE 7 Update 6 is fully supported and recommended for use with Oracle Fusion Middleware.
JavaFX 2.2 JavaFX 2.2 introduces full Linux support for both x86 and x64 systems. The new application packager allows developers to bundle the JRE and JavaFX runtime libraries with JavaFX applications, allowing end users to experience a traditional native installation process on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Multi-touch support that allows for advanced application functionality from two or more points of contact on touch screen displays and touch pads.
JavaFX Scene Builder 1.0 The new JavaFX Scene Builder is a visual layout tool for the JavaFX platform that enables users to design user interface (UI) screens by simply dragging and positioning components from a palette onto a scene.
Clean separation of application logic, UI layout, and “look and feel”, through automatically generated FXML code and cascading style sheets (CSS), for easier project maintenance and more productive developer-designer workflow.
Integrated development workflow with the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE), as well as compatibility with other Java IDEs.
Visualization of changes without requiring any code compilation.
JavaFX Scene Builder is currently available for Mac OS X and Windows.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.