We are almost two months into 2017, the time when most people have left their new year resolutions behind, but not in the Java Community Process (JCP program). As 2017 gets into a full swing, I would like to share my vision and priorities for the year. I have been involved with the JCP program for over sixteen years and am currently serving as the JCP Chair. It is an honor for me to serve in this capacity, and I am enthusiastic about continuing my work with the Java Community that I have been passionate about for many years. Java developers are not only one of the main reasons for the success of Java technology, but they are also are some of the best people on this planet. As I have served in various capacities within the JCP program, as a leader and international speaker traveling around the world, the thing that resonates with me the most is that regardless of which country I visit, I am amazed by the generosity, kindness and intelligence of the Java developer community. The community is the reason I have continued my work with the JCP program for many years.
It became clear to me some time ago that communities, even very technical communities, are fundamentally about people. Keeping that tenet in mind, we will continue expanding participation in the JCP program from the community, and build on the success of membership drive we had in 2016. Since May 2016, over three hundred new members joined the JCP program. We started expanding our membership following the completion of JSR 364, which brought us the latest version of the JCP program, JCP 2.10, with a goal of broadening JCP membership from corporations, individual developers and Java User Groups (JUGs). In 2017, we will also continue recognizing leadership within the community through the annual JCP Awards, Star Spec Lead recognition and the global Adoption programs - Adopt-a-JSR and Adopt OpenJDK. The heavy lifting of the JCP program happens through the community development of Java Specification Requests (JSRs). JSRs to evolve the Java platforms and the work happening in the JSR Expert Groups to complete the latest versions of the platforms, Java Standard Edition (Java SE) 9 and Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 8 will continue throughout the year.
In addition, after discussion with the JCP Executive Committee (EC) during the London face to face meeting hosted by EC Member, Goldman Sachs, there are three areas we identified where the JCP EC can make some improvements in the JCP program.
These will be the areas of focus for the coming year. Please follow our discussions on the JCP Meeting Summaries and on the JCP_org twitter feed. You can also find me via my personal Twitter handle @heathervc. I will expand more on these items throughout the year. We look forward to working together with the Java developer community in 2017 and beyond.