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)
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)
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)
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.
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)