Friday Jul 16, 2010

JCP Group blog

It has been a while since I blogged here. I am now posting all JCP related information and thoughts on I started doing this so there is one stop for the news from the JCP program office. I hope you will visit us there!

Wednesday Apr 08, 2009

Welcome Aplix to the JCP Executive Committee!

The results are in and the new Java ME Executive Committee (EC) member is "Aplix Corporation". Congratulations are welcome to Aplix Corporation, which will be represented primarily by John Rizzo.

The special election for the open Java ME EC was closed in March 2009 and Aplix attended their first EC meeting yesterday.

91 or 8.93% of the eligible JCP members voted for the four candidates as follows:

Candidate Votes Percentage
Aplix 40 43.96%
Shawn Fitzgerald 25 27.47%
Marlon Luz 13 14.29%
Cox Communications 11 12.09%
Void ballots 2 2.20%

Watch for changes to the next annual JCP EC Elections in the Fall of 2009; you can also follow the JSR 215, JCP version 2.6, Maintenance Review for a preview (for advance notice, subscribe to the JSR 215 Observer Alias).

Monday Mar 09, 2009

Spec Leads: Are you Active?

In February I presented to the JCP Executive Committee on the Transparency topic again (I also presented on this topic in "at the December EC meeting"; the updated February slides will be posted shortly. One of the action items was to create a new "Inactive" status label for JSRs for non-final JSRs that have not posted a milestone within the last 18 months.

Currently, there are over 300 JSRs, each of which are either in progress, Rejected, Withdrawn, or Final. To this list is added the status "Inactive".

In the "Spec Lead Guide" we talk a little bit more about this stage. A full list of "Inactive JSRs" is available. To summarize, this is a JSR which has an approved JSR proposal but which has both:
a) not produced a Final Release, and
b) not produced another milestone for the last eighteen months

There are currently 49 Inactive JSRs. We will be contacting those JSR Spec Leads over the next 6 months to encourage them to either submit an update to the JSR or withdraw their JSR.

One of the best ways to be transparent in standards development is to publish a draft of your specification. Some case studies on this topic "Downloads: Making Drafts and Collateral Available" have been published on and highlight JSR 283, JSR 308, JSR 310 & JSR 321. What are your thoughts on the Transparency Initiative and in particular, Inactive JSRs?

Invitation for JCP program Specification Leads:
On Wednesday, 11 March 2009 from 8:00-9:00 am. PT the JCP program office will host a conference call meeting for JCP Specification Leads. Periodically the PMO hosts meetings for Spec Leads to both hear from the Program Management Office and to discuss questions and concerns they have about running a JSR with each other. This month's call will have members of the JCP program office to discuss Inactive JSRs. There will be some prepared content/demonstrations, as well as time for you to ask questions and share experiences. Contact the PMO at jcp dot org for more information.

These meetings are recorded and posted on; for instance, the December meeting on Running an Expert Group has recently been made available on the "multimedia page".

Sunday Mar 08, 2009

Happy International Women's Day!

Today marks International Women's Day --a tradition started almost a century ago. In honor, praise and encouragement to the women of the JCP program and the Java technology community, the program office published a feature story on some of the women involved at every level of Java standards development--Spec Lead, Expert Group member, Executive Committee member, developer, JUG member/leader, technical writer and even the program office.

Are you (or do you know of) a woman involved in Java technology standards development?
Let's hear from you!

Friday Mar 06, 2009

How transparent are you?

As I mentioned earlier,the EC meeting summaries and materials are now available to the public. The program office transparency initiative started in 2008. You can view the slides that were presented to the JCP EC on this topic during the December 2008 EC meeting.

I'll be communicating items that result from that initiative here. The JCP program office asked spec leads what they are doing/have done to meet their transparency obligations in late 2008-almost 50 responded. On review, it was clear that several JSR Expert Groups hadn't made any public progress since January 2007 – and often for years before this.

So one point became clear-the best form of transparency is to publish an update to your spec!

Out of JSRs that were active in 2008, 58% responded; out of the active maintenance JSRs, 33% responded, giving us approximately a 50% response rate. Those who responded but had not made progress (by posting a JSR milestone draft) were excluded from the survey results. One caveat: some Maintenance Leads may have thought that this survey did not apply to them.

Many JSR Spec Leads and Expert Groups (EG) are trying hard, but we have plenty of opportunity to improve. It is safe to assume that those who did not respond are probably not going above and beyond to meet transparency requirements...or they just extremely busy being transparent :-). If this is the case, let us know about it!

Responses were evenly split across platforms: Java ME: 11, Java SE: 12, Java EE: 13.
Below is a summary of the responses and areas surveyed. The most prevalent methods of transparency utilized include collaborative development, open source development, public speaking/promotion activities and public EG communications. The areas utilized least include regular schedule updates,publishing EG member names and light-weight (eg Twitter) updates.

- EG business conducted on a public alias or discussion forum: 30%

- JSR schedule published and regularly updated: 15%

- Regular (eg, monthly) public drafts published: 18%

- Light-weight updates (Twitter, or similar: 0

- Spec lead blog with frequent updates on JSR activity: 28%

- EG member names are published: 10%

- Specification, Reference Implementation (RI), or Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) developed on a collaboration website: 62%

- Public issue-tracking: 26%

- Discussion forums or Wikis: 36%

- Open-source development processes for RI or TCK: 49%

- Community update or observer alias on 18%

- Other? (primarily speaking at conferences and events): 44%

How transparent are the JSRs you are involved with? What should we encourage and/or require and how can we reward positive (open and transparent) behavior and/or discourage closed behavior?

Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

The JCP Special Election has begun

Voting opened today in the JCP program Executive Committee Special Election. There are 4 candidates: 2 corporations--Aplix and Cox Communications, and 2 individuals--Shawn Fitzgerald and Marlon Luz.

Voting is open until 9 March. The primary contact for all JCP program members operating under the current agreement are eligible to vote. Voting is a very important membership obligation-please remember to cast your vote; instructions were sent to those eligible today via email. You can view the position papers, and participate in an interactive Q&A with the nominees now.

Thursday Feb 12, 2009

Nomination open in JCP Special Election

The JCP program office is in the process of holding its' first ever Executive Committee (EC) Special Election. After nine years of conducting an annual elections process for the EC members, this is a first! Intel recently resigned from the Java ME EC (but remains on the Java SE/EE EC), leaving an empty seat with a 2 year term remaining.

So far we have 4 candidates. 2 corporations--Aplix and Cox Communications, and 2 individuals--Shawn Fitzgerald and Marlon Luz. It is shaping up to be an exciting election indeed. Nominations for the open EC seat are being accepted until midnight PST on 16 February; send to JCP-NOMINATIONS@JCP.ORG.

Elections will be held beginning 24 February. You must be a JCP program member to nominate yourself for an EC seat. If you are interested in getting more involved in the JCP, this is your opportunity. You can follow the nominations, view position papers, and participate in an interactive Q&A.

In December 2008 we welcomed 2 new corporations--SpringSource and Ericsson on the SE/EE EC and 2 new individuals--Sean Sheedy on the ME EC and Werner Keil on the SE/EE EC. If you missed the 2008 EC Election results you can view them here.

In the spirit of transparency and openness, another exciting happening in the latter part of 2008 was the decision to make the EC meeting summaries and materials available to the public--materials available from September 2008 onward. Previously summaries (not the materials) were available to JCP program members. More on the program office transparency initiative later...

Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, JCP program!!

The JCP program turned 10 years old in December! The JCP program office hosted a birthday party at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View , to which we invited JCP program participants - Executive Committee members, Spec Leads, and Expert Group members - as well as Sun executives, members of several local Java User Groups, and others who have been influential in the development of Java over the past 10 years. You can see a slide show of photographs from this event here, along with a summary of the evening on .

If you did not have an opportunity to celebrate with us in person, you can leave a greeting in our wiki sandbox.

In celebration of our tenth birthday, we are extending a special offer to Java User Groups (JUGs)--join the JCP for free until February 28th 2009!

Welcome to our newest JUG members: JUG-USA, Japan JUG, Polish JUG, and Lunatech Research JUG of France. BeJUG of Belgium and Sou Java of Brazil are our inaugural JUG members.

As always, membership for individuals is also free. Information on how to join is here!

Friday Apr 25, 2008

JCP program training at JavaOne on 5 May

If you're planning to attend the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco (or if you're not planning on attending the conference but will be in San Francisco on 5 May), the JCP program is hosting a day of training to learn more about the JCP program. JCP program membership or JavaOne registration is not required, and there is no charge for the training. There are still a few seats available for the training, but you do need to reserve your spot this week-send email to:

You can attend all of the sessions or pick and choose the segments
that interest you...there will be:

  • General overview (for anyone)

  • Spec Lead (SL) and Expert Group (EG) training (for JSR SL and
    EG members, but open to all)

  • Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) training (for SL members
    who are developing a TCK for their JSR, but open to all)

  • Communications & Media Relations (for SL, but open to

Read more about it here: JCP
@ JavaOne

We'll be recording the training, so if you miss it, look for the
replay this summer.

Thursday Apr 24, 2008

Voice your opinions on the JCP program

A big (and fun) part of my life is leading the Java Community Process (JCP) program office.

Every so often we put together an online quantitative survey to see how the community is doing-measure opinions overall, satisfaction with the site, as well as experiences as a Spec Lead, Expert Group member, general member or public participant.

Whatever your role, we want to hear your feedback! Your opinions will help improve the JCP program to better meet the needs of developers and organizations that depend on Java technology. To participate in this brief online survey, go here: survey

I'll post a summary of the survey results here later (sometime in the summer), and to thank you for your participation we will enter your name in a drawing for a $500 cash prize :-).


Heather is a Director of the Java Community Process (JCP) program at Oracle and a leader of the Adopt-a-JSR Programs. She is passionate about the power of community and an advocate of girls and women in technology around the globe. JCP Blog is maintained at: . You can also find her on Twitter @heathervc & @jcp_org .


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