Oracle stated success factors
- technology innovation
- community participation
- Oracle leadership
The current work focus is currently put on JavaFX and embedded Java development.
What’s new in JavaSE 8?
The first big change is the inclusion of closures. These adopt the form of
(x, y) -> x + y
Those closures will come with a whole new set of methods, specially on collections, in order to provide some kind of fluent API. There will also be a new keyword
default which will allow developers to provide a default implementation on an interface.
Type annotation give further information to the compiler and thus allow it to check some invariants at compile time. Such checks can be nullability checks, immutability checks and so on.
This new profile defines a subset of essential libaries that will be part of a reduced Java Platform aimed at embedded JVMs where memory consumption and file space are concerns.
The JavaEE 7th version will focus on simplicity and support of HTML5. The JavaEE 8th version will be more oriented towards cloud support and modularity.
The next goals will be embedding on more and more devices and platforms (e.g. iOS or ARM processors) on the one hand and providing “embedded suites” containing a JVM, an application server and a database together.