JavaOne wrapped up on Friday. We hosted individuals from across
the globe, and from every industry: consumer electronics and
gaming, to enterprise IT, space exploration, factory automation,
the automotive industry, academia - like the network itself, Java
delivers something for nearly everyone, everywhere.
This year's biggest announcements centered around Java's role in
the future of rich internet applications (or RIA's). What's a
rich internet application? It depends on your perspective - from
mine, it's any network connected application that persists in
front of a user, typically outside a browser, that can operate
when disconnected from the network.
On the one hand, I'd claim Java's always been a RIA platform -
before the world really wanted one. Early Java applets delivered
interactivity, but at the expense of development complexity and,
in the early days, performance - when a browser, and more