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 7,400
people attended this year, including many from Sun’s Java organization.
Second, Sun Microsystems and the Brazilian organization responsible for
digital television (DTV) conversion announced that they would join forces
to develop an open source content platform based on Java technology for use
in the country-wide conversion of television applications and services.
FISL is a major event in the free software world, not only because Brazil is
a significant emerging economy but also because the Brazilian government,
under the presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da S... (more)
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
It's been a year of steady progress for the JCP. Our membership grew by more
than 10% to a total of 1,427. More than 70% of the members are individuals
and almost all of the remainder are corporations with a small but growing
number of non-profit organizations (about 2%). More than half of the new
members came from three countries: th... (more)
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 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)
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)
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