JFX build and deployment - squeaking wheel

Richard Bair richard.bair at oracle.com
Thu Nov 8 15:58:24 PST 2012

I know it is touching a raw nerve and I'm hoping to avoid 3 weeks of suffering as a result :-). We're steadily moving forward, but we don't have any official plans to communicate at this time.


On Nov 8, 2012, at 1:55 PM, "John C. Turnbull" <ozemale at ozemail.com.au> wrote:

> So where does that leave JavaFX for mobiles and tablets?
> -jct
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> [mailto:openjfx-dev-bounces at openjdk.java.net] On Behalf Of Bob Vandette
> Sent: Friday, 9 November 2012 08:12
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> Cc: John_Smith at symantec.com; zonski at gmai..com
> Subject: JFX build and deployment - squeaking wheel
> There have been some questions on this list about Jigsaw, compact profiles,
> embedded, minimal VMs 
> and the JRE customization tool called jrecreate.   Richard asked me to jump
> in to try to clear up any confusion.  
> Here goes ....
> The Java Modularity Project (project Jigsaw) that was originally planned for
> JDK8 was deferred to JDK9.   
> The Java Embedded team (I'm the lead) was expecting to use Jigsaw in order
> to provide smaller customizable Java runtimes for embedded devices.  Lacking
> this new functionality, we decided to propose a simpler alternate plan that
> would enhance the JDK8 specification to allow the distribution
> of a small set of profiles that are subsets of the full Java runtime.
> These are called Compact Profiles.
> We have proposed three compact profiles.  A talk and presentation that I
> gave at JavaOne describes these profiles.
> https://oracleus.activeevents.com/connect/fileDownload/session/CDC887FAEAD8A
> BE54064406AC304AD59/CON4538_Vandette.pdf
> The Java Enhancement Proposal (JEP) for this work is here:
> http://openjdk.java.net/jeps/161
> The openjdk repository that implements our current prototype is located
> here:
> http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk8/profiles
> The mailing list that discusses the profiles is
> build-infra-dev at openjdk.java.net since the creation of the new profiles is
> done using the new configure based JDK build system.
> This repository allows you to do a build that generates the full JRE, JDK
> but in addition produces three additional image targets (compact1, compact2,
> and compact3).
> In order to achieve the smallest Java runtime for embedded (our goal is
> around 10MB), we have applied changes to Hotspot that allow us to build a
> small VM (2-3MB) with reduced functionality.  The small VM (minimal) +
> compact1 profile goal we've set is around 10MB.  We're at 11MB today.
> In addition to the profile bundles and the small VM, we have a reduced
> Embedded FX stack that we'll run on embedded devices such as the
> RaspberryPi.  This FX Embedded stack is a compatible FX implementation
> without
> media and webkit support.   The goal for this added stack is 6MB.
> The jrecreate tool that some of you have asked about is not a java stripping
> tool.  It's main purpose is to assist the embedded developer in customizing
> Java runtimes.  It allows the developer to select which profile, VM,
> debugging options, compression, security and FX options.  It does not strip
> the full JRE to produce the compact profile. The jrecreate will be packaged
> with the three compact profile binaries.  It simply copies these profiles
> and applies some additional massaging based on the selected options.  
> We have already pushed the minimal VM changes to JDK8 hotspot and will be
> open sourcing the compact profile changes since they will be a standard
> feature of JDK8 (independent of embedded).  The current profile changes in
> our project repository are only functional for Linux x86.  
> We certainly recognize the value that small Java runtimes + reduced FX could
> have on Java applications published on Web App stores, but the current
> immediate plan is that the jrecreate tool is only going to be available with
> our 
> embedded binary downloads since that's where it's needed most.   I've had
> some discussions with our Netbeans team to
> see what it will take to make Netbeans profile aware.  This might be a good
> way of taking advantage of profiles, reduced FX for producing smaller
> applications for distribution. 
> I hope this help,
> Bob.

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