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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 and Embedded developer outreach team (http://community.java.net/mobileandembedded/) but hopefully not the last. Java ME: Not Just for Cellphones Most people probably think of Java ME in the context of cellphones, and with over 2 billion Java-enabled phones deployed that's hardly surprising. Man... (more)

JSR Watch: Focus on Spec Leads

The Java Community Process requires the development of not only technical specifications, but also Reference Implementations (which prove that specs can be implemented) and conformance test suites (Technology Compatibility Kits or TCKs), which are used to verify that implementations conform to the specifications. The Expert Group (EG), which is typically composed of representatives from all of the member organizations that have an interest in the technology addressed by the JSR, is responsible for these deliverables. Although several (sometimes as many as 20 or even more) organiz... (more)

JSR Watch: A Look Back at 2007 and A Look Ahead to 2008

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 New Year. Membership 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)

Java, Standards, and Free Software in Europe

In the May issue of JDJ, I wrote about Java and free software in Brazil. This month, after some recent visits to Europe (to Antwerp for JavaPolis late last year, to London for the QCon conference in March, and to Paris for a JCP Executive Committee meeting in May), it seems logical to follow up with an article about Java in Europe. Government, Open Source, and Open Standards Government intervention and direction has long been critical to the development of the computer industry. The Internet, after all, was derived from the ARPANET, developed in the early 1970s from a U.S. gover... (more)

Election Time

I'm writing this article on the day before the US presidential Election. As happens, we're also in the middle of the JCP's annual election cycle. Our elections consist of two phases. The first round, during which members vote for three ratified seats on each Executive Committee (EC), has recently been completed. The second round, for two elected seats on each EC, is about to begin. (The election process is described briefly here and in more detail in our Process Document). Sun nominates the candidates for the ratified seats, using the nomination process to achieve and maintain a... (more)