Java 6

Michael Torrie torriem at chem.byu.edu
Mon Dec 11 13:13:45 MST 2006


On Mon, 2006-12-11 at 12:59 -0700, Bryan Sant wrote:
> Java 6 has been released.  woot.
> 
> http://java.sun.com/javase/6/
> 
> The highlights are:
> 
> Built-in web services.  You just add an annotation to a method and it
> becomes a SOAP-based web service.  Yes, this is a direct rip-off from
> .NET.
> 
> Scripting/dynamic language support.  The stock JDK comes with
> JavaScript, but you can download Jython, JRuby, Groovy, BeanShell,
> Sleep (perl-ish), BSF, Tcl/Java, JBasic, JScheme and many others.
> These implementations existed before, but now Java has a standard API
> for using scripting languages, so you'll see Tomcat, JBoss, and other
> servers supporting scripting in a generic way so you can choose what
> language you want to use.

Sadly, Jython seems to have stalled.  Do you know if the Jython people
plan to upgrade it to python 2.5?  

Michael

> The JDK has a built-in pure-java database.  I'm not sure if it is ACID
> complaint, but I think it is.  It is based on Apache Derby (which used
> to be IBM Cloudscape).  Note, the JRE doesn't have this bloat.
> 
> Improved Java2D and Swing performance.  Java2D (and thus Swing) is now
> accelerated on your graphics card hardware.  Put your GPU to work :-).
> 
> -Bryan
> 
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