Having just emerged from a public beta process that began in the spring of 2005, and especially now that Java is an open-source project, developers will find little to be surprised about in Sun’s newest Java SE 6, released yesterday. But one sign that even Java is adapting with the times – besides its smaller size, which early adopters are applauding – is its new support for external scripting engines, which adopters might not be aware of.
Alternately, the script engine can be set to point to an existing .JS file by declaring a variable of class FileInputStream, with the filename as the sole argument. Some Java developers may have just read the only documentation they’ll ever need on the subject – it’s literally that simple.
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