Oracle Responds to JCP Concerns

Last week, Java champion Stephen Colebourne posted a blog outlining worst-case concerns about the upcoming JCP EC elections. Oracle's Adam Messinger has posted a response in the blog comments section. I'm quoting it here in its entirety:

Stephen,

It is rare that I respond to posts, but in this case I wanted to clear up some misconceptions.

On the topic of Sam, it is true that he and I are good friends having worked together in the past and occasionally socialize even now. I was however pleasantly surprised, but surprised nevertheless, when I heard from the PMO, that he was a nominee. While we hadn't previously discussed his running, I do think he would be an excellent candidate due to his sharp technical mind, strong opinions, and love of Java. He shouldn't be disqualified due to his association with me any more than "Crazy" Bob Lee should be disqualified due to his association with Josh Bloch, Google, and Android.

On the topic of Hologic, our feeling is that standards folks, technologists, and technology vendors are already well represented and there is room for some new opinions at the table. The fact is that a big part of Java's success is driven by thousands of developers at small and mid-size companies like Hologic. These developers, who are working squarely in the Microsoft sweet spot, are on the forefront of our competition with .NET. Hologic has bet their business on Java -- not as a supplier of Java, but as a consumer -- and we think having their perspective on the EC is valuable. They are absolutely representative of a large cross section of the Java community.

Finally, on the topic of "stacking" the board, I believe that our re-nomination of both RedHat and Apache speaks volumes about our interest in having many voices at the table. Similarly I reached out to Josh Bloch of Google to encourage him to renominate himself. While we disagree with Doug Lea's stated reasons for leaving the EC, we absolutely recognize the unique technical contribution he's made over the years. As such, trying to replace him with someone in his own image seemed impossible, so we made the choice to add a new voice and perspective to the EC.

Best Regards,

Adam Messinger
Vice President of Development

I believe this clarifies Oracle's position and I hope that it clears up any concerns in this area.

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Henrik Stahl is VP of Product Management in the Java Platform Group at Oracle, and is responsible for product strategy for Java ME and SE.

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