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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 two stages. During October members cast their votes for three ratified seats on each EC. (Sun nominates the candidates for these seats.) In November a second round of elections takes place for two elected seats on each EC. (All JCP members may nominate themselves for elected seats.) The ECs play a very important role within the JCP. Not only are they responsible for reviewing and voting on JSRs, but they also serve as the Expert Group for any changes to the organization's Process Document (http://jcp.org/en/procedures/jcp2) - its rules and procedures - and to the Java Specification P... (more)

JSR Watch: From the New Chair of the JCP

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 Office (who thankfully will not be moving on) for their support, and to introduce myself to the regular readers of this column. I've worked at Sun for more years than I can even remember and have spent the last six years leading the team that develops conformance test suites (Technology Compatibility K... (more)

JSR Watch: Here’s to Progress

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. PMO Initiatives First, in addition to the ongoing work of moving JSRs through the process (more on this later), the JCP engaged in a couple of new initiatives around transparency and agility. I've addressed the transparency issue relatively recently in this column, so I won't say much more here except to remind you that we are no... (more)

JSR Watch: Java Mobile and Embedded Spotlight

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 is 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, I thought it would be opportune to focus on Java ME in this month's column. First, the Developer Days conference. (Quick summary of my presentation: standards are really important and you ignore them at your peril.) It was lively and informative - the first such conference organized by Sun's Mobile ... (more)

Open Source and Open Standards

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 attending, but several members of Sun's OpenJDK (http://openjdk.java.net/) team are gathering in Brussels to meet with the movers and shakers of the free and open source software world. This suggested the topic for this month's column, in which I will explore the relationship between open source and open ... (more)