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Nandini Ramani and Adam Messinger
THEIR VIEWS ON IT
The Duchess network connects women
Java developers from around the world.
At JavaOne 2011, Regina ten Bruggencate,
current president, and Clara Ko, cofounder,
discussed the role of women in IT in a
Women engineers in the Duchess network connect at local Java user group (JUG)
meetings and globally at conferences and
online. Started in the Netherlands, the
network saw membership double in the
last year, thanks to very active Duchesses
and supportive JUG leaders and members. The network now has 400 members
in 57 countries.
Duchess promotes “changing the
image of the nerdy guy as being the typical IT professional,” ten Bruggencate says.
“The industry is moving toward having
developers that are willing to and good at
collaborating to make better software,”
echoes Ko. Join them online and meet
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JAVA IN ACTION
JavaFX 2.0 Is Here!
The big news at JavaOne 2011 was the release of JavaFX
2.0, an advanced Java UI platform for enterprise business applications—and the next step in the evolution
of Java as a premier rich-client platform.
At the JavaOne technical keynote on Monday, October 4,
Richard Bair, chief architect, client Java platform, at Oracle,
detailed the general availability of JavaFX 2.0 for Windows
(32-bit XP, 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista, and Windows 7). He
also announced NetBeans 7. 1 Beta (featuring full JavaFX 2.0
support); the JavaFX 2.0 developer preview for Mac OS X; and
JavaFX Scene Builder early access.
Key features in JavaFX 2.0 include 100 percent Java APIs,
the new FXML UI markup language, and full Swing integration. JavaFX 2.0 provides a Web component based on WebKit,
which allows developers to seamlessly mix and match native Java capabilities and the dynamic capabilities of Web
At the Java strategy keynote on Tuesday, Oracle Vice President
of Development Adam Messinger announced that Oracle is submitting a proposal to open source the JavaFX platform as a new
project within the OpenJDK community. Oracle will be working
with the JCP to propose JavaFX as an official standard part of the
Java platform, Messinger said. Oracle intends to initially contribute the JavaFX UI controls and related libraries; other JavaFX
components are planned to follow in multiple phases.
Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java client
group, at Oracle, generated a lot of buzz at that same keynote
with a demo of JavaFX 2.0 running on an Apple iPad 2.0, a
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10. 1 running Android 3. 1, and an Acer
Windows 7 tablet. “We want to hear from the community,”
Ramani said. “If this is something you want to see, we’re happy to make it a priority.” (Read more in the Nandini Ramani
interview, “Shock the Senses,” on page 32.)
Looking to the future, full Mac OS X support will coincide with the Java 7 for Mac release, which will be followed
by support for additional platforms (Linux, Solaris, and so
on). You can listen to Nicolas Lorain’s JavaOne 2011 session
“Introduction to JavaFX 2.0” and other JavaFX sessions at
Duchess President Regina
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