As a java programmer and a typical internet user, these are the most important events according to me.
- Google Chrome
Chrome became my primary web-browser in a short time because loads fast, page rendering time is shorter than other browsers and has a simple user interface. Chrome is also based on inter process communication architecture, it means a new process is started for every new tab so if a tab crashes, it does not affect other tabs or whole browser. You can go on just by killing failed tab’s process.
- Java SE 6 Update 10
Minor version number, major improvements. Java SE 6 Update 10 came with many new features like Java Kernel, new generation Java Plug-in, Java Deployment Toolkit and new update system. Probably all of these for make Java stronger at client side. We will see in 2009.
- Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede)
Ganymede was released at 25 June 2008.
- NetBeans 6.1 and NetBeans 6.5
I am not using NetBeans intensively but, NetBeans started to take my attention after release of 5.5
- Firefox 3
Firefox 3 is released at 17 June 2008.
In March 19, 2007 Sun hired Ian Murdock (founder of Debian) to lead Project Indiana. In May 2008 a version which name is OpenSolaris 2008.05 released and current version is OpenSolaris 2008.11. Project Indiana could not take as much as attention which I supposed but it is good to see OpenSolaris as a upcoming Linux and Windows competitor.