Java News Round-Up: Jelastic Supports New Java, oneM2M-Based APIs, Android Studio RC 2

Here's a roundup of recent news in the Java ecosystem:

  • Jelastic Announces Native Support for Java EE 8 and Java SE 9

    Jelastic announced this week that its namesake Java-native cloud platform now provides live support for the just-released Java EE 8 and Java SE 9 implementations.

    Jelastic customers can now install managed Docker containers with GlassFish 5 and Payara 5 to benefit from Java EE 8 latest improvements, the company said in a statement. New capabilities in this version of the platform includes support for Servlet 4.0 API with HTTP/2, enhanced JSON support (including a new JSON binding API), a new REST Reactive Client API, asynchronous CDI Events, a new portable Security API, and Server-Sent Events support (Client & Server-side), among others.

    JDK 9 is also available on the Jelastic platform for use with Tomcat (and other application servers in the near future, the company promised).

    "Since our founding, we've been open to the needs of the Java community and do everything to be in tune with the latest technology updates by making new implementations instantly available within our platform," said Ruslan Synytsky, Jelastic CEO and co-founder, in a statement.

    Originally a Java-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider, the company has evolved into a provider of a turnkey private, public, and hybrid cloud management platform designed to bring together enterprise-grade DevOps PaaS and container-native Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Along with Java, the platform supports PHP, Ruby, Node.JS and Python.

    "Although it has repositioned itself to be more technology-agnostic these days, the roots of Jelastic are in Java," said Reza Rahman, senior Java technologist at CapTech Ventures Inc. and co-founder of the Java EE Guardians. "This deep commitment to the Java and Java EE communities is self-evident in the fact that Jelastic is the first PaaS to offer support for both Java EE 8 and Java SE 9. In my mind there has never been any doubt that Jelastic should be one of the first destinations for Java developers on the Cloud."

  • European Telecoms to Demo APIs Based on Eclipse OM2M Project

    European telecoms Orange and Deutsche Telekom announced today the results of their collaboration to define a set of cloud APIs based on the oneM2M spec.

    Orange Labs and Telekom Innovation Labs created a tool based on the oneM2M specs developed in the Eclipse OM2M Project. oneM2M is a global standards initiative focused on requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions, and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Eclipse OM2M is an open source implementation of the oneM2M and SmartM2M standards.

    Both companies are members of the Foundation; Orange announced its membership this week. The company said its decision to join the Foundation was part of its "innovation collaboration strategy" to promote open APIs and accelerate the growth of the Smart Home market.

    "Eclipse IoT is already a wide set of projects backed by strong member and development communities," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, in a statement. "It is a pleasure to welcome a new telecom operator such as Orange to the Eclipse Foundation, and as a supporting member of Eclipse IoT."

    Orange said that the new tool is designed for third-party applications compatible with its Datavenue IoT and data analytics platform, its SoftAtHome home gateway solution, and Deutsche Telekom's Qivicon smart home platform.

    Orange and Deutsche Telekom are set to demonstrate the results of their collaboration at the EclipseCon Europe event, currently underway in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

  • Android Studio 3.0 Release Candidate 2 Now Available

    RC 2 of Android Studio 3.0 is now available for download from Google's Canary release channel, which means the GA of the next version is right around the corner.

    Based on the IntelliJ IDEA dev environment, Android Studio is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for the Android platform. According to Jamal Eason, product manager in Google's Android group, the new version comes with more than 20 new features, but three are likely to be especially important to Android developers: a new suite of app performance profiling tools for quickly diagnosing performance issues; support for the Kotlin programming language; and increased Gradle build speeds for large app projects.

    With this release, Google is "continuing to evolve the support for Java 8 language features and APIs," Eason wrote in a blog post.

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