Okay, main news is that Java SE 6 Update 10 is out. I’ve been using Update 10 beta since a month ago. I got it simply to see the Java Swing menu fonts using ClearType and that’s all.
Let’s side track a little to look at how sucky a state Java download page is in.
Sun Microsystem probably has the worst marketing team. Java SE 6 Update 10 is now. Before update 10 was probably update 7. The numbers doesn’t seem to be incremental.
But that’s okay, that’s just Sun’s way of doing thing. The version after Java 1.4.2 is Java 5. Java can’t compute elementary math. Java Standard Edition 6 is also known as Java 1.6.
You go to their Java SE download page and you see:
- Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 10
- Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 6 Update 10
- JDK 6 Update 10 with Java EE
- JDK 6 Update 10 with NetBeans 6.1
- JRE 6 Update 7 for Intel Itanium®
- JDK 6 Update 7 for Intel Itanium®
- JDK DST Timezone Update Tool – 1.3.9
- Java SE 6 Documentation
- Java SE 6 JDK Source Code
- and other friends like Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy
Usually you just need whatever’s that’s need at the top. New Java developers would no doubt get intimidated by the choices available. They should have separated the developer page from the rest of the Java site. And on the developer page, there really should just be 3 options:
- Java Standard Edition 6
- Java Enterprise Edition 6
If you want NetBeans, go hunt it down at NetBeans.org, if you want Runtime environment, you go to the non-developer website. And everybody’s to download the latest update, those who refuse can click on “others…”.
I recall the time when I wanted to try Java and couldn’t figure which is the one to get. This would have made it much clearer to would-be Java programmers.