End of the Year Review: Moving Java Forward in 2011

The end of the year is the time we reflect on the successes for Java in 2011. First, the Oracle Technology Network would like to thank all of the members of the Java community for your honesty, perseverance and dedication in moving both Java and the community forward. An amazing amount of progress has taken place this year:
  •     the release of Java SE 7
  •     approval of Java EE 7 JSR
  •     moving to OpenJDK as the official Java SE 7 Reference Implementation
  •     the first Java SE update release based on open source (JDK 7 update 2)
  •     the release JavaFX 2.0
  •     open sourcing JavaFX
  •     advancements in openness and transparency in the JCP
  •     improvements in JavaOne San Francisco
  •     regional JavaOnes in Russia, India, and Latin America
  •     expansion of JDuchess across the globe
  •     delivery of the new Java digital magazine
  •     launch of the "Adopt-a-JSR" program

and many other milestones - it's obvious that a true renaissance is taking place in the Java ecosystem.  Kirk Pepperdine commented, "The commitment to Java is clear in the increased rate of checkins to openjdk. It used to be easy to keep up on bug fixes and the progress of new features but now, step out for a day and you can get lost pretty quickly. Yet with this increase in rate of checkins you can still see a strong commitment to making sure that every single code change is thoroughly discussed, reviewed, and tested."

For all of you who have played and will continue to play a critical role in this new found invigoration throughout the Java ecosystem, we want to say, "THANK YOU!" We look forward to the opportunities in 2012 when we can work together to make Java the premier technology platform for the future.

And finally, Holiday Greetings from 96 Java Community members in 12 languages from over 15 countries, brought to you by from the Java Spotlight Podcast team. Enjoy!

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