Harshad Oak

Harshad Oak

Harshad Oak is the founder of Rightrix Solutions & IndicThreads. He is the author of 3 books and several articles on Java technology. For his contributions to technology and the community, he has been recognized as an Oracle ACE Director and a Sun Java Champion. Contact - harshad aT rightrix doT com & @HarshadOak

Oct 022012

Updates from the Java EE and Spring Framework Panel Discussion at JavaOne.  Panelist: 1) Richard Hightower – Developer, InfoQ 2) Bert Ertman – Fellow, Luminis 3)Gordon Dickens – Technical Architect, IT101, Inc. 4)Chris Beams – Senior Technical Staff, VMware 5) Arun Gupta – Technology Evangelist, Oracle . The bulk of audience are enterprise developers. Show of hands suggests that most are using JavaEE and Spring. Continue reading »

Oct 032011

JavaOne has been the primary Java conference since its inception. The 2010 conference was the first to be run by Oracle and while there were many interesting promises made, there wasn’t much to show. However now that Oracle has had more than an year in charge of Java, JavaOne 2011 is going to be the the place where the community examines & evaluates Java under Oracle, the progress made and Oracle’s commitment to Java.

While there are many things I am looking forward to at JavaOne 2011, the things I would be primarily looking at are a)Cloud b)Mobile c)JavaFX , cause not only are all three important for software development today, but it is also critical that Java gets it right in these domains. Continue reading »

May 312011

I recently spoke at JavaOne India 2011 held in Hyderabad on 10-11 May 2011. While Sun had been holding a similar event for several years, this was the first time the event was under the Oracle banner. It was also repackaged & rebranded as JavaOne + Oracle Develop.

The conference naturally had many talks from Oracle about various technologies, including Java & the various developments in that space. I thought it would be interesting for developers to hear an independent overall perspective on Java. So my talk at the conference was titled “An independent, “ear to the ground” report on Java”. Continue reading »

Oct 082010

Firefox 4 beta for mobile is now available for download on Android & Maemo. Firefox on mobile is a far more important development than first obvious cause Firefox brings with it a culture & a developer base for building third party addons & extensions. These extensions are certain to benefit the mobile platforms that support the Firefox browser and also could lead to a shift in mobile application development from platform specific apps to browser addons. Continue reading »

Oct 012010

JavaOne 2010 was the most anticipated JavaOne for a long time. Before the event, I wrote a piece JavaOne: Expectations From Java Today, Hopes For Java Tomorrow. Below is part 2, based on the actual happenings & announcements at the conference. I have tried to address the points I had raised in the previous piece and added some new ones. Continue reading »