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This month I'll discuss the evolution of the JCP, J2SE 1.5 or "Tiger", Java portlets, and a new JSR from Nokia and Siemens. JSR 215, aka JCP Version 2.6 The Java Community Process is the only standards body with a version number! Currently, we're at 2.5 and hope to soon be at 2.6. Where are we now? About halfway between 2.5 and 2.6. Rule and regulation changes in the JCP happen through the JSRs. JSR 913 modified the JSR ballot voting rules, JSRs 99 and 171 led to JCP 2.5, and JSR 215 is creating JCP 2.6. This JSR just completed the Community Review and ballot. The Program Office together with the Executive Committees will now be working toward Public Review. A few of the things the group will focus on are clarifications around JSRs assigned to both ECs, a draft transparency plan for spec leads to use, and ironing out the mandatory TCK requirements. While the Communit... (more)

Java Community Process - Getting Ready to Choose the Year's Best

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 Edition/Enterprise Edition, and Most Innovative JSR for Java Micro Edition. This year the JCP adds a new one: JCP Participant of the Year. At the time of writing the JCP Executive Committees (EC) representatives selected three to four nominees in each category and have another 10 days to vote for the ... (more)

From Within the Java Community Process Program

Welcome to this first installment of the JCP column! Here you can read about the Java Community Process program: newly submitted JSRs, new draft specs, Java APIs that were finalized, and other news from the JCP program. Like any self-respecting IT industry effort, the JCP program proudly features its own collection of acronyms. To help you out, and because this is the first installment, there's a little cheat sheet at the end of this column. J2ME Platform Swings On Vodafone has submitted JSR 209 titled "Advanced Graphics and User Interface Optional Package for the Java 2 Micro Edit... (more)

From Within the Java Community Process Program

Welcome to the June edition of the JCP column! Each month I provide news and information about the Java Community Process: newly submitted JSRs, new draft specs, Java APIs that were finalized, and other updates from the JCP. June means it is JavaOne time, and hence this column will discuss the conference as well. The Only Standards Body with a Version Number! While the change from JCP 2.1 to 2.5 in October 2002 focused mainly on legal aspects such as license types for RI and TCK and the ability to do independent implementations, the proposed changes that would form version 2.6 o... (more)

From Within the Java Community Process Program

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 th... (more)