While the hype has been elsewhere in the software world over the past number of years, Java has continued to find it way into an increasing number of places. The pavilion at the recent JavaOne conference was full of examples of places where you would not automatically assume Java to be.Blu-ray
Did you know that Java was part of the Blu-ray standard? This is true for the BD-J standard. What this enables is more animated and complex menus than would otherwise appear on a regular DVD. Guess this means that Java is inside the PS3 also.Drawbot
What do you do when you have a large plotting robot? You offer people the chance to have their photos drawn by it, of course!
The software that controlled the robot.Mobile Phones
Perhaps the least expected place to find Java nowadays, but it is where Sun is directing a lot of its Java thrust.RoboSapien
One of the competitions for attendees was programming a RoboSapien in either the dance or maze escape category. Reprogramming a children's toy does sound like a bad horror movie premise though.Slot cars
The other competition was programmatically getting a slot car around the track — sensors in the track allowed the competitors to know where they were. That didn't stop them going too fast and flying off the track from time to time though.Sub
How much explanation is needed? A Java powered Sub is cool!Talon
If you thought that the Sub was cool, then the helicopter is possibly only thing cooler!Project Blackbox
While not strictly Java, the idea of a datacentre within a shipping crate is a novel and interesting idea. Rather than pay fees for short-term hosting and connectivity, possibly a long way from your premises — it is possible to drop one of these crates into a carpark and with a power cord and Ethernet cable, you can have a complete datacentre.
The view down the middle of the blackbox.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.