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By now I'm sure you're aware that Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems is complete, and that Oracle is therefore the new steward of Java and the sponsor of the Java Community Process. It's too soon to say what changes this may bring, but for an overview of Oracle's Java strategy se...
For several months now a subset of the JCP's Executive Committees has been meeting as the Java ME Working Group to address Java ME-specific matters. In this column I'll focus on Java ME and on some of the issues that the Working Group has been discussing. (To follow our activities, che...
It's summer. JavaOne is behind us, and much of Europe is on holiday :) At this time of year life in the JCP slows down somewhat. Nevertheless JSRs continue to move through the process, and this month I'll discuss several of these, and demonstrate how their progress has been facilitated...
The year’s biggest Java community event – JavaOne – finished recently. As it is for others in the Java world, this is a busy time for the JCP. We host various events for our members, we participate in discussions and BOFs, and like all other attendees, we enjoy the opportunity to meet ...
The end of the year is an opportunity to review the past year’s activity, and to present this to our Executive Committee (EC) members, to our broader membership, and to the general public. So this month I will summarize our progress during the past year. First, in addition to the ongoi...
The Java Community Process requires the development of not only technical specifications, but also Reference Implementations (which prove that specs can be implemented) and conformance test suites (Technology Compatibility Kits or TCKs), which are used to verify that implementations co...
The JCP’s annual elections for our Executive Committees (ECs) are now complete. As a reminder, during the first round the following members were nominated by Sun and ratified by the community: Nokia, Philips, and IBM for the Java ME EC; and Ericsson, SpringSource, and SAP for the Java ...
I’m writing this article on the day before the US presidential Election. As happens, we’re also in the middle of the JCP’s annual election cycle. Our elections consist of two phases. The first round, during which members vote for three ratified seats on each Executive Committee (EC), h...
A couple of months ago in this column I discussed the ways in which many Expert Groups conduct their business in an open and transparent manner. After that informal review, the JCP's Program Management Office (PMO) conducted a more formal survey, asking Spec Leads what they were doing ...
It's sometimes argued that the Java Community Process's development procedures are secretive and that the general public is excluded from participating. While this may have been the case in the past, it's no longer true. The majority of JCP Expert Groups now do their work in an open an...
Government intervention and direction has long been critical to the development of the computer industry. The Internet, after all, was derived from the ARPANET, developed in the early 1970s from a U.S. government-sponsored research project by the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Toda...
A couple of recent Brazil-related news events suggested the theme for this column: Java in Brazil. First, the annual International Free Software Forum (FISL) was recently held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. FISL is one of the world's most important free software conferences, and more than 7,...
As I write this the JCP's Program Office staff is busy preparing for this year's JavaOne Conference, to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from May 6 through May 9. As you read this you're probably at the conference, or if you were unable to attend I hope you've had a chanc...
In last month's article I wrote about Open Source and Open Standards. This month, having just returned from the QCon conference (http://jaoo.dk/london-2008/conference/) in London, during which I discussed the role of community in the JCP, and particularly the role that individual ('non...
As I write this article the 2008 FOSDEM (www.fosdem.org/2008/) (Free and Open Source software Developers European Meeting) is about to start. Of course, by the time you read this the meeting will be long over (that's the name of the game with publishing deadlines). I will not be attend...
As I recently spoke at the Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days conference at Sun's Santa Clara campus, and the yearly Mobile World Congress conference was held in Barcelona in February, and the majority of the JSRs that have been active in the past few weeks are in the mobile space, ...
The turn of the year provides an opportunity to review the events of the past and to think about what lies ahead, so I'll address these themes in this month's column. But first I'd like to wish you all a peaceful and successful New Year. It's been a year of steady progress for the JCP....
In October we announced the winners of the first round of this year's JCP elections, during which members voted for three Sun-nominated candidates on each Executive Committee (EC). To refresh your memory, the winners on the Java ME EC were Research in Motion (RIM), Samsung, and Time Wa...
The first round of this year's JCP elections is complete. In this round Sun nominates members for election to six ratified seats on the Executive Committees (ECs): three seats on the Java ME Executive Committee (EC) and three on the Java SE/EE EC. A second round of elections takes plac...
This is election time for the JCP: five seats on the Java ME Executive Committee (EC) and five seats on the Java SE/EE EC are up for re-election. All JCP members are eligible to vote and may cast one vote for each seat (hence the recommendation to vote often). The voting process is in ...
In last month's column Onno Kluyt announced that he would be handing over the role of JCP chair to me. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Onno for all of the effort he's put into the JCP over the past several years, to thank the hard-working staff of the Program Management Offi...
It's been busy at the JCP for Spec Leads, Expert Groups, and Executive Committees over the summer. Quite a number of new proposals were submitted and were approved to be developed as JSRs; even more moved to new development stages, drawing closer to the finish line. And, I might add, t...
In the May column I introduced the candidates nominated by the community for the top 2007 JCP Awards- the JCP Program 5th Annual Awards. For those of you who missed the grand finale at the Community Event organized by the JCP at JavaOne, here's the line-up of winners.
At the JavaOne conference earlier in May, Sun launched the OpenJDK project (http://openjdk.java.net). The OpenJDK project is Sun's Java SE implementation under the GPL license. While portions of the project, such as the compiler and Hotspot, were released at an earlier time, at the Jav...
Every year the process of choosing the community's best starts with nominations in five categories: Member of the Year, Most Outstanding Spec Lead for Java Standard Edition/Enterprise Edition, Most Outstanding Spec Lead for Java Micro Edition, Most Innovative JSR for Java Standard Edit...
Interested in getting the latest on Java technology standards at the 2007 JavaOne Conference? A great opportunity is awaiting you because the show has a lot to offer this year too. There are over 60 events - technical sessions (TS), Birds-of-a-Feather meetings (BOF), and Hands On Labs ...
Whether it's a prescriptive environment like the JCP or a less prescriptive one like OpenJDK and other open source software forums, communities have a lot in common.
It's well known in Java community neighborhoods that the jcp.org site has been the communication lifeline for the JCP program since its inception. It's been the virtual meeting place for members, the primary source of information and updates about Java standards, and the spot where key...
The year 2006 was a great year for community technology development across the board. At the JCP, Spec Leads, Expert Groups members, observers and Executive Committee members worked together to take Java standards to the next level of development. Women Spec Leads had an outstanding co...
Congratulations go this year to IBM; Oracle, HP; Fujitsu; Doug Lea, professor of computer science; Motorola; Vodafone; Siemens; BenQ; Ericsson AB; and Jean-Marie Dautelle, individual developer and initiator of several open source projects. The first four are now re-elected on the SE/EE...
Our new effort to improve and change the Java Community Process through JSR 306 is still young; however, developers and all those interested have already started to provide valuable feedback and share their opinions generously. One such place where opinions were expressed early was the...
The JCP evolves in much the same way as software: we gain experience with the current implementation, gather ideas from many sources, give an initial ordering to the many ideas, write a draft, get initial feedback, write another draft, get more feedback and so on, towards a reasonable ...
SafeNet, Inc. has announced the release of Sentinel Hardware Keys for Linux platforms, allowing software developers in the Linux community to protect 32-bit software applications from piracy and implement flexible licensing models. Sentinel Hardware Keys are the most widely-deployed ri...
We'll be coming to the rescue and offering the training program virtually, yes, from the JCP.org site itself starting this September
JavaOne has a catalyzing effect on Java developers: their enthusiasm and energies spike around the show; they ready their latest and greatest Java technology-based projects and solutions for the annual encounter with software programmers from around the world. Take for instance the JSR...
Last month I introduced to you the winners of the 4th JCP Program Annual Awards. But the story is only half told. To get the full picture and understand how tight the competition was, I'm inviting you to meet the runners-up for the JCP Program awards - those who came very close to winn...
Last month at the 2006 JavaOne Conference, the Java Community Process (JCP) Program was brought into the spotlight repeatedly when Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz and other speakers urged attendees to join the community. The JCP made center stage again on Wednesday night at the ...
It's JavaOne show time again. The Java Community Process (JCP) Program and its members have a lot to share from the latest Java specification (JSR) accomplishments showcased in a diversity of forms at the conference, including technical sessions (TS), birds-of-a-feather meetings (BOF),...
Every March here in the U.S. we mark Women's History Month in recognition of women's contribution to the progress of our world. Technology and the Java platform are benefiting as well from women's talent and dedication and an instantiation of that is women engineers' contribution to th...
The red carpet isn't rolled out just on Hollywood Boulevard this time of the year. It happens in our community too. Six new spec leads recently reached stardom and I'm inviting you to meet them in this month's column. Exceptional spec lead performance gets noticed by the community and ...