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Welcome to the December edition of the JCP column! Each month you can read about the Java Community Process: newly submitted JSRs, new draft specs, Java APIs that were finalized, and other news from the JCP. This time around I'll cover the recent elections for the Executive Committees and four new J2ME-related JSRs. The Envelope Please! During October and November the annual elections for the two Executive Committees take place. Each year the elections are managed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers to ensure an impartial execution of the proceedings. In October the JCP membership ratified the nominations that Sun had put forward, resulting in the appointments of Apache, Borland, and Nortel to the SE/EE EC, and NTT DoCoMo, RIM, and Samsung to the ME EC. The main criteria that Sun uses in selecting JCP members for nomination are concentrated on maintaining (and sometimes impro... (more)

Meet the Winners of the 4th JCP Program Annual Awards

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 JCP Program Community Event when the winners of the 4th JCP Annual Awards were announced. If you're not familiar with the selection process for the JCP Annual Awards, you should know that the JCP Executive Committees' (EC) representatives first select nominees and then cast votes to choose the winne... (more)

The 4th JCP Program Annual Awards Runners-Up

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 winning the top honors this year. They are among the top performers to watch in the months and year ahead. JBoss came close to winning in the JCP Member of the Year category. The company's active participation in the community was noticed by peers and juries. JBoss is involved in a wide range of JSR ef... (more)

Ringing in the New Year

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 contribution; in 2006 several of them won the distinction of Star Spec Leads for their leadership in driving Java specifications from concept, submission, standard development, to Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) and Reference Implementation (RI) delivery. Ekaterina Chtcherbina was one of them. Alwa... (more)

From Within the Java Community Process Program

The approval of the JSRs within the JCP is a duty performed by the two Executive Committees. These are appointed bodies representing the members of the community. The ME EC oversees JSRs related to the consumer and embedded space while the SE/EE EC oversees JSRs for the desktop and server space. Together the two ECs also vote on the process-changing JSRs such as JSR 215. There are 16 voting members on each EC; Sun has a permanent seat on each EC. The 15 remaining seats have three-year terms with no limit to the number of terms a member can serve. One seat, one vote. Each year, in... (more)