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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 Kits or TCKs) for the Java SE platform. This work, together with an involvement in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), has prepared me for this new role. Before I discuss what's happening in the JCP this mont... (more)

Open Source and Open Standards

As I write this article the 2008 FOSDEM (www.fosdem.org/2008/) (Free and Open Source software Developers European Meeting) is about to start. Of course, by the time you read this the meeting will be long over (that's the name of the game with publishing deadlines). I will not be attending, but several members of Sun's OpenJDK (http://openjdk.java.net/) team are gathering in Brussels to meet with the movers and shakers of the free and open source software world. This suggested the topic for this month's column, in which I will explore the relationship between open source and open ... (more)

Focus on Java Mobility

For several months now a subset of the JCP's Executive Committees has been meeting as the Java ME Working Group to address Java ME-specific matters. In this column I'll focus on Java ME and on some of the issues that the Working Group has been discussing. (To follow our activities, check out our bulletin board at jcp.org.) Fragmentation Not surprisingly, the fragmentation problem is high on our list. In the Java ME space - much more so than in Java SE or Java EE - differences between implementations make it difficult to Write Once Run Anywhere. Developing an application that wil... (more)

Final Results of the JCP Elections

In October we announced the winners of the first round of this year's JCP elections, during which members voted for three Sun-nominated candidates on each Executive Committee (EC). To refresh your memory, the winners on the Java ME EC were Research in Motion (RIM), Samsung, and Time Warner Cable. The Java SE/EE EC winners were the Apache Software Foundation, Red Hat Middleware, and Nortel.  The second and final round of the elections completed in November. During this round JCP members voted for candidates who nominated themselves for two open seats on each of the two ECs. There... (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)