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 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
  • 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, 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 or use the nomination form on

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


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