Also key to Java SE 7 Update 4 are performance improvements to the JVM, boosting Oracle Fusion Middleware products. Update 4 merges performance enhancements from the JRockit JVM into the Java HotSpot JVM and OpenJDK, which is the open source implementation of Java SE. "Oracle is continuing its work to merge the Oracle Java HotSpot JVM and the Oracle JRockit JVM into a converged offering that leverages the best features of each of these leading virtual machines," Oracle said. Update 4 will be the first consumer release of Java 7 JRE, scheduled to be released as the default version on Java.com on May 1.
The OpenJDK Community, Oracle said, hosts development of Java SE 7 on Mac OS X and JDK 8, which is the prototype reference implementation of Java SE 8. Oracle has started the OpenJFX project as part of its plan to open-source the JavaFX platform.
Oracle also is announcing a public early access for JavaFX Scene Builder, a visual layout tool that enables designing of UI screens by dragging and positioning UI components from a palette onto a scene. JavaFX is available for Windows and Mac OS X, while a developer preview for Linux also is being offered.
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