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The first round of this year's JCP elections is complete. In this round Sun nominates members for election to six ratified seats on the Executive Committees (ECs): three seats on the Java ME Executive Committee (EC) and three on the Java SE/EE EC. A second round of elections takes place in November, during which members vote on candidates who nominate themselves for elected seats on the ECs. If you're a JCP member please cast your vote at http://jcpelection2007.org/. All six nominees were elected. Five of them are currently serving as EC representatives: RIM, Samsung, the Apache Software Foundation, Red Hat Middleware, and Nortel. One winner is new to the ECs: Time Warner Cable. In the elections for the Java ME EC, JCP members re-elected two strong proponents of Java in the smartphone space. Research in Motion (RIM) has been a member of the JCP for seven years, and ... (more)

Java and Free Software in Brazil

A couple of recent Brazil-related news events suggested the theme for this column: Java in Brazil. First, the annual International Free Software Forum (FISL) was recently held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. FISL is one of the world’s most important free software conferences, and more than 7,400 people attended this year, including many from Sun’s Java organization. Second, Sun Microsystems and the Brazilian organization responsible for digital television (DTV) conversion announced  that they would join forces to develop an open source content platform based on Java technolo... (more)

The JCP at the 2008 JavaOne Conference

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)

Smoke-Filled Rooms

It's sometimes argued that the Java Community Process's development procedures are secretive and that the general public is excluded from participating. While this may have been the case in the past, it's no longer true. The majority of JCP Expert Groups now do their work in an open and transparent manner, and this mode of operation is becoming increasingly common. As early as 2004, recognizing the importance of community involvement in the JSR development process, the JCP's Process Document was revised to encourage open communications. We now require that JSR submissions includ... (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)