Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

Congrats to the JCP 2015 Annual Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 13th Annual JCP Program Awards! The winners are posted on JCP.org, where you can read the nomination text and more information about the awards and all of the esteemed nominees.  The community gets together every year during JavaOne to congratulate the nominees at the annual JCP Community Party--this year the JCP party was held at the  the Hilton San Francisco, Cityscape (top of the Hilton Hotel in Union Square), overlooking the San Francisco Bay with panoramic views of the Golden Gate and East Bay bridges.  There were a plethora of networking opportunities, food, cake, drinks, the NullPointers aka the Java Community Band, Duke photo opportunities, door prizes, and a raffle.

This year there were four award categories (added a new awards category for Adopt-a-JSR program participants): Member of the Year, Outstanding Spec Lead, Most Significant JSR, and Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant.  Many community members submitted nominations, and the JCP Executive Committee voted to determine the winners of the awards.  

The room was full of good cheer, playful humor, a music band of Java developers, and enthusiastic appreciation of much that has been accomplished on behalf of Java technology in the previous year.

The winners in their respective categories for the 2015 JCP Annual Awards::

JCP Member/Participant of the Year: Adam Bien

Outstanding Spec Lead: Anatole Tresch

Most Significant JSR:  JSR 363, Units of Measurement API

Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant: Raj Hegde, JUG Chennai

Congratulations again to all of the JCP Program Award Nominees and Winners, as well as the attendees of the annual JCP party-- the Java Community (YOU) make the party!

Tuesday Sep 08, 2015

JCP 2015 Award Nominees


Congratulations to the nominees of the 13th Annual JCP Program Awards!  The community gets together every year during JavaOne to celebrate the nominees at the JCP Party.  The winners will be announced during the evening at the party, happening on Monday, 26 October, at the amazing Cityscape venue on top of the Hilton in San Francisco.  This year there are four categories of awards:  Member of the Year, Outstanding Spec Lead, Most Significant JSR, and Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant.  Thank you to the community members who submitted nominations the JCP Executive Committee will vote to determine the winners of the awards. The nominees for 2015 are....

Member/Participant of the Year:

  • Arjan Tijms (Zeef): Arjan has been very active and provides great input into many expert groups including Java EE, JSF and Java EE Security. He also actively evangelizes Java EE. He is a great example of what we should expect from an individual in the JCP and deserves to be recognized.
  • Adam Bien: Adam has consistently been part of key Java EE JSRs and consistently helps evangelize them in the community. In fact it would not be inaccurate to say that Adam is the highest profile evangelist for Java EE and the JCP. We should recognize Adam for his continued contributions.
  • Ivar Grimstad: Ivar is a newcomer to the JCP but is already leaving his mark. Most notably as a member of the MVC specification he has been putting a lot of effort towards evangelizing it in addition to Java EE generally. We should encourage Ivar by recognizing his efforts.
  • David Blevins (Tomitribe): David has long been a strong supporter of the JCP in many Java EE related JSRs and continues his sincere hard work. He has also long been a strong advocate of Java EE in the community. We should recognize David for his contributions.
  • Alex Soto: Alex has jumped into the JSON-P EG and in a few weeks, he became the most active (non Oracle) EG member for this JSR. He has also contributed part of the RI. Alex also does a lot of evangelism for 'his' JSR (JUGs, Devoxx, JavaOne, etc.).

Outstanding Spec Lead: 

  • Anatole Tresch: Anatole has successfully seen the Money & Currency API, JSR 354, to completion. In doing so, he has collaborated extensively with his Expert Group members as well as the broader Java community by actively participating in many hack days and hackergartens around the word, and speaking at numerous developer conferences.
  • Manfred Riem and Santiago Pericas-Geertsen: Despite the resource and scheduling challenges in Java EE 8 JSRs, Santiago and Manfred have made steady progress in the JSR 370, MVC 1.0 specification. They have also successfully engaged a number of folks from the community in the specification and RI.
  • Antoine Sabot-Durand: Antoine has made solid and fast progress in the key CDI specification. He has an ambitious set of technical goals, runs an open community and operates extremely transparently. We should recognize Antoine as a measure of encouragement. 
  • Greg Luck, Brian Oliver and Cameron Purdy: After an extended development process, Greg, Brian and Cameron successfully led JSR 107, JCACHE - Java Temporary Caching API, to completion and in the year since final release have five compatible implementations listed on JCP.org: https://jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/implementations/jsr107/index.html.

Most Significant JSR:

  • JSR 365, Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) 2: CDI has long been a key enabler for Java EE and an important specification to the community. CDI 2 is a very timely major investment in the specification. The CDI 2 specification is also moving steadily forward with it's ambitious technical goals in a completely transparent fashion.
  • JSR 371, Model View Controller (MVC) 1.0: MVC is attempting to standardize a very mature space with strong non-standard competitors. The specification also needs to contend with the strong JSF ecosystem. So far the spec leads have done a great job of creating traction behind the specification and community excitement. MVC 1.0  Give us a action based MVC based on REST, is so helpful and easy to learn. This is the end of JSF vs Spring MVC battle. Now we'll have two MVC frameworks, standards and both are great.
  • JSR 363, Units of Measurement API: It's the first JSR targeted to help with the Internet of Things, tackling sensor readings from edge devices and measurements in a standard way. Made to work on multiple environments, both Java ME 8 Embedded and Java SE makes it versatile across a large number of platforms and devices. JSR 363 is also the first and so far only JSR other than the core Java ME 8 JSR 361 (MEEP) utilizing optionality and modularity towards both a minimal footprint on very small devices and a Java 9 / Jigsaw compliant future.
  • JSR 354, Money and Currency API: As one of the few "domain driven" JSRs it helped solve problems like consistent monetary representation, rounding or formatting amounts in areas that had long been unresolved by the JDK. As well as exchange rate providers for the most important institutions making rates available or specialized FX providers that are now able to offer their rates and services in a standard compliant manner. Most importantly, JSR 354 seems the only JSR so far to offer a dual-platform RI for Java 8 and older versions at the same time when it went Final. 

Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant:

  • Josh Juneau/Chicago JUG: Josh has done a great job engaging with Java EE 8 specifications and evangelizing the Adopt-a-JSR program itself. This is both within the Chicago JUG but also in the broader community. His efforts should be recognized as encouragement to him and others. 
  • Olena Syrota and Oleg Tsal-Tsalko/Ukraine JUG: Contributing to JSR 367 test code-base (https://github.com/olegts/jsonb-spec), promoting ‘Adopt a JSR’ and JSON-B spec at JUG UA meetings (http://jug.ua/2015/04/json-binding/) and also at JavaDay Lviv conference (http://www.slideshare.net/olegtsaltsalko9/jsonb-spec).
  • Anakar Parida/JUG Hyderabad: Anakar helped through Adopt-a-JSR with JSR 363 and related Units of Measurement projects. Especially UoM-Tools to import and sync Unit data like CLDR (in this case helping apply JSR 353/374 JSON-P he also adopted these 2 JSRs) or a Fitbit client for Units of Measurement utilizing the Agorava Project and with it CDI, JAX-RS, JSON and other standards like OAuth. 
  • Rajmahendra Hegde/JUG Chennai: JUG Chennai been the first JUG from India to Adopt-a-JSR and have been contributing in the program as a Community over the last four years. They've been part of Adopt Java EE 7, Java Money and Currency and Unit of Measurement JSR. They also serve as Expert Group Members in JSR 354, Money and Currency API, JSR 363, Units of Measurement API and JSR 365, Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java 2.0. Apart from core JSR contribution, the Chennai JUG also participates in regular JSR review program, Hackergartens and contributed to many open source projects.

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Nominations for the 13th Annual JCP Program Awards are OPEN

The nominations for the 13th annual JCP Program Awards are now open - the Java Community Process (JCP) program celebrates success and the awards are an excellent opportunity to highlight the success of leaders in the Java community.

Members of the community nominate worthy participants, Spec Leads, and Java Specification Requests (JSRs) in order to cheer on the hard work and creativity that produces ground-breaking results for the community and industry in the Java Standard Edition (SE), Java Enterprise Edition (EE), or Java Micro Edition (ME) platforms. The community gets together every year at the JavaOne conference to applaud in person the winners of four awards: JCP Member/Participant of the Year, Outstanding Spec Lead, Most Significant JSR and Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant.

This year’s unveiling will occur at JavaOne in October 2015, and the nomination period will be open until August 17.

Descriptions of the 2015 JCP Award Categories:

JCP Member/Participant of the Year - This award recognizes the corporate or individual member (either Member or Participant) who has made the most significant positive impact on the community in the past year. Leadership, investment in the community, and innovation are some of the qualities that EC Members look for in voting for this award.

Outstanding Spec Lead - The role of Spec Lead is not an easy one, and the person who takes that responsibility must be, among other things, technically savvy, able to build consensus in spite of diverse corporate goals, and focused on efficiency and execution. This award recognizes the person who has brought together these qualities the best in the past year, in leading a JSR for the Java community (Java SE, Java EE or Java ME).

Most Significant JSR - Specification development is key to the success of the JCP program and helps ensure we remain a fresh and vibrant community. This award recognizes the Spec Lead and Expert Group that have contributed (either in progress or final) the most significant JSR for the Java community (Java SE, Java EE or Java ME) in the past year.

Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant - This award recognizes the Java User Group (JUG) that has made the most exemplary contribution through the Adopt-a-JSR program in the past year. The London Java Community and SouJava initiated, and are thereby implicitly recognized, in this effort for JUGs around the world to become more involved in the work of JSRs. Innovation, community engagement and technical impact are some of the characteristics that EC Members look for in voting for this award.

Nomination Form is open to the public for nominations until 17 August. 

Monday May 04, 2015

New Star Spec Lead Announced - Anatole Tresch

Congratulations to the newest Star Spec Lead, Anatole Tresch. Anatole is the Spec Lead for JSR 354, Money & Currency API.  JSR 354 is currently in Final Approval Ballot.

The Star Spec Lead Program recognizes top Spec Lead performance and rewards exceptional service to the community. Spec Leads' activities are measured around criteria of process and communication with community members.  Spec Leads are selected based on nominations from fellow Spec Leads, Expert Group (EG) members, Executive Committee (EC) members, community members and the Program Management Office (the administrator of the program).  Star Spec Leads are not born into the role--they grow into it by bringing consistent value to the community, which reflects positively both on the process and on the community as a whole. 

Spec Leads are key to the JCP program. Without them, none of the Java Specification Requests (JSRs) would have begun, much less crossed the finish line and become implemented in shipping products. The JCP PMO introduced a Spec Leads incentive program for the first time in 2005. Over the past ten years the program has rewarded and recognized Spec Leads who repeatedly proved their merit by producing high quality specifications, establishing best practices, and mentoring others. The point of such honor is to endorse good work, showcase successful methods for other Spec Leads to emulate, and motivate Java community members to become more involved in JSRs through either the Adopt-a-JSR program, or perhaps, as an Expert Group Member or as Spec Lead of a JSR.

Anatole provided the following comments upon receiving the news that he was selected as Star Spec Lead, "When I was reading the first time that I was selected as Star Spec Lead, I really had to read it twice. I really feel honored, especially as someone outside of the US with a non English maternal language. At the same time, my thanks also goes to so many enthusiastic community members, who supported our JSR during Hackergartens, adopting sessions and giving feedback. And finally a big thanks goes also to my wife, who had to look after my 3 boys during the time I was working on the JSR." 

Please join me in congratulating Anatole! 

Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

2013 Star Spec Lead Nominations Open

Star Spec Lead nominations are now open until 16 December 2013.  Anyone can submit a nomination for a current Spec Lead operating under the most recent versions of the JCP program (version JCP 2.8 or 2.9).   Nominations can be for either process or communication criteria--some of the possible criteria for selection is listed below. There are Spec Lead profiles available for most of the active JSRs on JCP.org to use for inspiration. I look forward to your nominations!

Spec Lead Process Category (Exceptional):

  • Participate in mentorships of other community members.
  • Submit materials to publish on jcp.org.
  • Manage unusual obstacles in a JSR, i.e. Spec Lead transfers JSR transfers to different entity, loss of valuable EG members.
  • Implement new, effective and/or innovative ways manage Expert Groups--active and large observer groups, having voting rights and duties documented.
  • Dealing w/a politically difficult situation--mergers and acquisitions, negotiating inclusion into umbrella JSRs or other.
  • Engagement in evangelism of the JSR or in general promoting the importance of the JCP program and Java standards.

Spec Lead Communications Category (Exceptional):

  • Active blogging/mentioning their JSR/JCP standards in their blog.
  • Participate in JCP PMO podcasts, sessions or meetings.
  • Promote the JCP and the Community to broader audiences (JUGs, non-Java developers, students).
  • Public speaking/presentations that mention standards and the JCP at industry events.
  • Contributing articles and becoming a resource for contributed articles about the JCP and JSRs.
  • Utilizing social media consistently including blogging for promoting and attracting support for their JSRs.
  • Conducting media interviews about their JSRs.

 


Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

11th Annual JCP Program Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 11th Annual JCP Program Awards! The winners are posted on JCP.org, where you can read the nomination text and more information about the awards and all of the esteemed nominees.  The community gets together every year during JavaOne to congratulate the nominees at the annual JCP Community Party--this year the JCP party was held at the  the Hilton San Francisco, Cityscape (top of the Hilton Hotel in Union Square), overlooking the San Francisco Bay with panoramic views of the Golden Gate and East Bay bridges.  There were a plethora of networking opportunities, food, drinks, the Java Community Band, Duke photo opportunities, door prizes, a raffle and a Java EE 7 book signing (pics on Flickr).

This year there were four award categories (added a new awards category for Adopt-a-JSR program participants): Member of the Year, Outstanding Spec Lead, Most Significant JSR, and Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant (new category!).  Many community members submitted nominations, and the JCP Executive Committee voted to determine the winners of the awards. 

The room was full of good cheer, playful humor, a music band of Java developers, and enthusiastic appreciation of much that has been accomplished on behalf of Java technology in the previous year.

The winners in their respective categories were:

JCP Member/Participant of the Year: Azul Systems, Gil Tene

Azul System’s Gil Tene was recognized  for “ working diligently to provide clear advice on matters of Software Patents, IP and licensing that seeks to benefit both non-profits/individuals etc as well as organizations with vested commercial interests in Java. It's not easy delving into the depths of the legal aspects and the potential impacts of changes to the JCP, but with help from folks like Gil we're hopeful for a solid and fair outcome.”

Tene characterized his approach to the JCP as follows: “I represent Azul Systems on the JCP EC, but I try to apply an approach of ‘do the right thing first’ in my choices and positions. Coming from a small company that depends on Java and its ecosystem for its livelihood, I see my role as representing the interests of an entire sector of non-big-company commercial folks and of individual and professional developers out there, and providing some offset and balance to the normal mix of such boards.”

Outstanding Spec Lead: Brian Goetz, Oracle

Brian Goetz, graciously accepted his award, “For tirelessly working away at an incredibly complex JSR - JSR 335, Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language. From a community point of view, we've appreciated his willingness to listen and consider ideas from other technologists as well as spending time with groups of developers to understand the impact of Lambdas on Java.”

Goetz offered a statement in response to the award for his leadership in creating Lambda Expressions for the Java Language, which also won for most significant JSR. He said that lambdas, “represent a coordinated co-evolution of the Java SE platform, including the VM, language, and core libraries to provide developers with a powerful upgrade -- quite likely the largest ever -- to the Java SE programming model. We started this JSR in early 2010, but the topic of closures-in-Java had already been in play in the community for many years prior, and, of course, there was a broad diversity of opinions as to what direction, how far, and how fast to evolve the Java programming model. In the end, the most significant dimension of the challenge turned out to be: how do we integrate these new features in the language and libraries without them feeling grafted on after-the-fact. I think developers will find programming with this ‘new and improved Java’ to be a very pleasant experience -- I know I have.”

Most Significant JSR:  JSR 335, Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language

JSR 335, Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language, efforts were praised,  “This brings Java kicking and screaming into the modern programming language age and is seen as a catalyst for the second age of Java. It's underlying discoveries and improvements with regards to Type Inference has also resulted in a stronger JVM for all.”

Spec lead Brian Goetz, in picking up the award, remarked, “This is something we’ve been working on for three-and-a-half-years and it’s nice to be looking at it through the rear-view mirror.”

Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant: Morocco JUG and EGJUG, Mohamed Taman, Faissal Boutaounte

The winner was Morocco JUG and EGJUG, Mohamed Taman, and Faissal Boutaounte, who were lauded , “For adopting JSR 339, JAX-RS 2.0 specification, along with many other JSRs. One JIRA issue filed by Morocco JUG on JSR 339 was classified as a ‘release-stopper’. A quick JIRA search using the ‘adoptajsr’ tag shows that most of the JIRA issues have been created by MoroccoJUG members. Several presentations and source code have been organized by these groups. Mohamed presented sessions about the upcoming technologies to widen the range of users in the future, especially Java EE 7 JSRs and spreading of community progress and contributions that make us encouraged to participate. Mohamed sent a clear message that Africa is here and is full of talented people who are willing to take it to the next level. Mohamed was responsible for translating an Arabic Adopt-s-JSR web page to allow more Arabs to participate.”

Taman accepted the award and said “Currently, I hold two positions, one as a Business Solutions Systems Architect and design supervisor and Java Team leader, at a big financial services company in Egypt, which affects all the country by building solutions affecting Egyptians every day, by providing more facilities for businesses and enhancing the economy… I am passionate about Java. I really love it and have fun coding, and love seeing it grow, day by day, as if it were my kid.”

Congratulations again to all of the JCP Program Award Nominees and Winners, as well as the attendees of the annual JCP party-- you are truly the best of the best!

Tuesday Jun 18, 2013

2013 JCP Award Nominations Open

The time has arrived to open nominations for the 2013 JCP Annual Awards (Hall of Fame page)!  The JCP program celebrates success. Members of the community nominate worthy participants, Spec Leads, and Java Specification Requests (JSRs) in order to cheer on the hard work and creativity that produces ground-breaking results for the community and industry in the Java Standard Edition (SE), Java Enterprise Edition (EE), or Java Micro Edition (ME) platforms.

The community gets together every year at the JavaOne conference to applaud in person the winners of the JCP Program Awards.  This year we have four categories: JCP Member/Participant of the Year, Outstanding Spec Lead, Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant (new category), and Most Significant JSR. This year’s unveiling will again occur at the Annual JCP Community Party held in San Francisco. 

The 11th JCP Annual Awards Nominations are now open until 12 July 2013. Submit nominations via email to pmo@jcp.org or use the nomination form on java.net.

Descriptions of the award categories for this year:

JCP Member/Participant Of The Year - This award recognizes the corporate or individual member (either Member or Participant) who has made the most significant positive impact on the community in the past year. Leadership, investment in the community, and innovation are some of the qualities that EC Members look for in voting for this award.

Outstanding Spec Lead - The role of Spec Lead is not an easy one, and the person who takes that responsibility must be, among other things, technically savvy, able to build consensus in spite of diverse corporate goals, and focused on efficiency and execution. This award recognizes the person who has brought together these qualities the best in the past year, in leading a JSR for the Java community (Java SE, Java EE or Java ME).

Most Significant JSR - Specification development is key to the success of the JCP program and helps ensure we remain a fresh and vibrant community. This award recognizes the Spec Lead and Expert Group that have contributed (either in progress or final) the most significant JSR for the Java community (Java SE, Java EE or Java ME) in the past year.

Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant - This award recognizes the Java User Group (JUG) that has made the most exemplary contribution through the Adopt-a-JSR program in the past year. The London Java Community and SouJava initiated, and are thereby implicitly recognized, in this effort for JUGs around the world to become more involved in the work of JSRs. Innovation, community engagement and technical impact are some of the characteristics that EC members look for in voting for this award.

Thursday Sep 23, 2010

The 2010 JCP Award Winners!

Last night the JCP PMO announced the winners of the 2010 JCP Program annual awards, at the JCP program community party at the JavaOne conference.  It was great to see so many community members again and it was a fun time before heading to Treasure Island! 

This year there were three categories of awards--two out of the three went to individuals working within the JCP and JSR development process.
And the winners are....


  • JCP Program Member/Participant of the Year :  Aplix




The full list of 2010 nominees can be found here.  Congratulations to the winners and all of the nominees!  Look for more detail on the party and pictures soon!

Friday Jul 30, 2010

Award Nominations and Bocce Ball in the Park

Just a reminder that the JCP is calling for Award Nominations.  This year will be the 8th annual awards, celebrating excellence in the JCP program membership, JSR development, innovation and leadership.  Please nomination via the board or send email to either heather at jcp dot org or the PMO-- pmo at jcp dot org today!  The nominations will be up for an Executive Committee vote and the awards will be presented during JavaOne this September. 

For fun, I thought I would share some images from the the JCP program office potluck last week.  We enjoyed a picnic lunch and played bocce ball in the park.   

Bocce Ball

Patrick, Max and Harold observing 

 Joe measuring distance

The PMO:  Harold, Joe, Max, Patrick, Heather

A fine time enjoyed by all :-). 

Friday Apr 17, 2009

7th Annual JCP Program Award Nominations OPEN!

The JCP Program Management Office (PMO) presents JCP program awards each year during the JavaOne Conference. This year marks the seventh annual awards, and there is a change in the process to enable more transparency and openness to the community.

This year the JCP program office will accept nominations from the community for the the JCP Program Awards in six categories.  Nominations are open to anyone with an interest in Java technologies and community participation--JCP program membership or affiliation not required! If your nomination wins an award, there is a recognition gift in it for you!  Nominate here.

The categories for the awards are as follows--see the board for a full description of each category (registration for the board posting is very lightweight--only email required):

- JCP Member of the Year
- JCP Participant of the year
- Most Outstanding Spec Lead for Java Standard Edition/Enterprise Edition
- Most Outstanding Spec Lead for Java Micro Edition
- Most Innovative JSR for Java Standard Edition/Enterprise Edition
- Most Innovative JSR for Java Micro Edition

Nominations have been extended and will be open until 1 May 2009.

To find out more about the JCP Program Awards and view previous winners visit this page on jcp.org.

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