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A couple of months ago in this column I discussed the ways in which many Expert Groups conduct their business in an open and transparent manner. After that informal review, the JCP's Program Management Office (PMO) conducted a more formal survey, asking Spec Leads what they were doing to meet their obligations under the Java Community Process to operate in a transparent manner. We received responses from approximately half of the Spec Leads for the 75 JSRs that we classified as active (those that made some progress through the system since the beginning of 2007). This is a good response rate, but we believe that we can also conclude that those who did not respond probably are not making any special efforts to operate in a transparent manner. (If they were, they would have wanted to receive credit for their actions.) While many Expert Groups (EGs) are trying hard, w... (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)

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)

JSR Watch: JavaOne Wrap-up

The year's biggest Java community event - JavaOne - finished recently. As it is for others in the Java world, this is a busy time for the JCP. We host various events for our members, we participate in discussions and BOFs, and like all other attendees, we enjoy the opportunity to meet with members of the Java developer community. In this column I'll review our JavaOne activities, and also discuss the new version of our jcp.org website, which we hope will encourage and enable even more community involvement in our work. JavaOne Wrap-up I won't spend a lot of time discussing the Jav... (more)