From: Doug Twilleager <Doug.Twilleager@SUN.COM
Reply-To: Discussion list for Java 3D API <JAVA3D-INTEREST@JAVA.SUN.COM
Subject: [JAVA3D] ANNOUNCEMENT: Java 3D plans
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 21:28:28 -0800
We take this opportunity to announce that Sun is renewing its
commitment to Java 3D. The highlights of this announcement are:
. Sun is in the process of making the source code for Java 3D
available through a public source license in the very near
. Sun will work with the Java 3D community, via the Java
Community Process (JCP), to actively evolve the API going
The renewed emphasis on Java 3D complements Sun's increased efforts
in the desktop space and the recent release of the Java Desktop System
(JDS). More information will be forthcoming, but here are a few
details concerning our plans.
. Sun is right now working on making the source code for Java 3D
available through a public source license. This will be done
via a java.net project, which will include a developer's web
site and CVS repository. This will allow developers to
download the Java 3D source code, and to contribute bug fixes
and utilities. The time frame for this release is before
. We will be forming an expert group under the JCP process to
define and implement the next version(s) of the Java 3D API.
Our current thinking is that we want to work with the expert
group to create a 1.4 version of the Java 3D API that will add
programmable shaders, and possibly other critical features, if
they can be done without architectural changes to the
implementation. We hope to get this release out relatively
. We also want the expert group to help define the next major
revision (1.5? 2.0?) to the Java 3D API, which could involve
more widespread changes to the API.
We look forward to working with the Java 3D community to move the
Despite the time taken to make it, this is an excellent move for Java3D I believe.