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Welcome to the November 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. For November I'll be covering a handful of new JSRs, several final JSRs including one rather longrunning one that has now reached the finish line, a plug for ApacheCon, and a report on the first phase of this year's EC elections. New JSRs Since the writing of last month's column, four new JSRs were submitted by JCP members. The first new JSR of this year was number 203, and the JSR count is now at 232; thus the community keeps running like clockwork and is on schedule to again hit the average of 40 to 45 new JSRs per year. This month Siemens has submitted two JSRs. JSR 229, Payment API for J2ME environment, will be developing an API to initiate payment transaction... (more)

From Within the Java Community Process Program

Welcome to the July edition of JSR Watch! Each month this column provides information about the JCP program: newly submitted JSRs, new draft specs, Java APIs that were finalized, and other news from the JCP program. This month's column discusses a set of new J2EE technology JSRs, and a scripting JSR, but I'll start off with the J2ME environment. Two J2ME JSRs Are Nearly Final JSR 179, Location API for J2ME technology, specifies how to write mobile location-based applications for devices with limited resources, producing information to an application about the device's physical loc... (more)

From Within the Java Community Process Program

Welcome to the August edition of the JCP column! This month I'll cover a few J2ME-related JSRs and two new JSRs in the J2SE/J2EE environment, but first out of the block is the program office's own JSR, number 215. Further Evolving Rules of the Community JSR 215 aims to deliver several changes to the rules of the JCP to make the process more open and transparent, both to members and to the general public. These changes should make it easier to determine how a JSR is doing and what the expert group is working on. The plan is to make all draft reviews publicly visible, including the ... (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)

From Within the Java Community Process Program

Welcome to the April 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. In this month's column I'm focusing mostly on one new JSR. Java Is a Platform The above is an often-heard description when talking about this technology. While many Java developers may first think of the Java programming language, what makes this technology successful is not only the niceties of the programming language but the richness of the class libraries and the presence o... (more)