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)
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
The ECs play a... (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)
As I write this the JCP’s Program Office staff is busy preparing for this
year’s JavaOne Conference, to be held at the Moscone Center in San
Francisco from May 6 through May 9. As you read this you’re probably at the
conference, or if you were unable to attend I hope you’ve had a chance to
follow it via webcasts, blogs, and news reports.
The JCP’s role at JavaOne is significant. Indirectly we’re involved in
the majority of the technical sessions, panel discussions, and BOFs, since
these address technologies that have been or are being developed through the
JCP program. See the c... (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)