Saturday May 14, 2016

Java Community Process (JCP) version 2.10 with a Focus on Broadening JCP Membership

As part of the JCP.Next effort, the third JSR to be released as part of the JCP program reforms, JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership, will take effect as JCP 2.10. The first in the effort was JSR 348, which increased JSR Expert Group transparency, took effect as JCP 2.8 in 2011. The second in the effort was JSR 355, EC Merge, which merged the two Executive Committees into one, took effect in 2012, and was finished being implemented in 2013. The EC serves as the Expert Group for these efforts.  EC members guide the evolution of the Java technologies by approving and voting on all technology proposals (Java Specification Requests, or JSRs). They are also responsible for defining the JCP's rules of governance and the legal agreement between members and the organization. They provide guidance to the Program Management Office (PMO) and they represent the interests of the JCP to the broader community.

As of 12 May, JCP 2.10 is in effect.  Heather VanCura, Director of the Program Management Office (PMO) served as Specification Lead for JSR 364 and the Executive Committee served as the Expert Group. We are excited to introduce the latest version of the JCP program to the community. In 2014, the EC started working group meetings around the participation of Individual Java developers interested in contributing through the JCP program. We decided to initiate JSR 364 to broaden JCP membership by defining new membership classes, changing existing membership categories, enabling participation by the community, while at the same time eliminating barriers to participation and ensuring the appropriate Intellectual Property commitments were in place from JCP Members.  We think the community will be empowered to increase their participation in the JCP program.

JCP 2.10 includes the following updates designed to eliminate barriers to membership in the JCP Program and ensure that participation in the JCP Program is covered by an appropriate agreement.

  • Process definitions added to JCP Process Document.
  • Introduce new membership levels to the JCP Program - Associate (no employer signature required), Partner, Full Memberships. See workflow chart and membership page.
  • Implement support for new membership levels, including Electronic Signatures.
  • Change in Maintenance process timing - flexibility in review times, length of ballot.
  • Eliminate all membership fees.
  • Add Contributor Role to JSR Expert Groups - Associate and Full Members can serve as Contributors on Expert Groups.
  • Changes to Spec must be received at least 10 days prior to end of Public Review period and published at least 7 days prior to end of Review.
  • At Final Release and Maintenance Release, Spec Leads and Maintenance Leads must state whether they anticipate further changes through (additional) Maintenance Releases.
  • Modify JCP EC Elections process to add Associate Seats and flexibility in timing of Elections.
  • Add Evaluation Checklist for Process Change JSRs.
  • Transition period for the EC from JCP 2.9 to JCP 2.10.

For more information regarding the new version of the JCP Program, please refer to the JCP 2.10 Process Document and the JCP Participation Page, including a Process Flow chart and Participation Roles chart.

Wednesday Jan 20, 2016

JSR Updates - End of 2015

Happy New Year 2016!  The JCP Executive Committee (EC) is meeting for the first time in 2016 tomorrow at the TOTVS Offices in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and I am preparing the materials to review the JCP in Year in Review for 2015.  The first and one of the most important parts of this task is to look at JSR Updates.  So here are the JSR Updates from the last part of 2015.  I noticed that I have not posted the updates on the blog lately - I have been posting them on Twitter handle @JCP_org with the #JSRUpdate hash tag. ;)!.  I will post the JCP Year in Review for 2015 later this week.

New JSRs:

  • JSR 378, Portlet 3.0 Bridge for JavaServer Faces 2.2 Specification.

Early Draft Reviews:

  • JSR 362, Portlet Specification 3.0.
  • JSR 365, Contexts and Dependency Injection 2.0 Specification.
  • JSR 366, Java EE 8 Platform Specification.
  • JSR 367, Java API for JSON Binding (JSON-B).
  • JSR 368, Java Message Service (JMS) 2.1. 
  • JSR 369, Java Servlet 4.0 Specification.
  • JSR 371, Model View Controller (MVC) 1.0 Specification. 
  • JSR 372, JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.3 Specification.

Public Review:

  • JSR 363, Units of Measurement API.

Proposed Final Draft:

  • JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership.

Final Release:

Maintenance Review:

  •  JSR 56, Java Network Launching Protocol & API.
  • JSR 286, Portlet Specification 2.0.
  • JSR 329, Portlet 2.0 Bridge for JSF.
  • JSR 342, Java EE 7 Platform Specification.

Saturday Dec 12, 2015

JCP Public EC Meeting 15 December

The 2015 JCP Executive Committee (EC) Elections are complete and the first meeting of the EC will happen on Tuesday 15 December. Join us for a one hour meeting to hear from each of the EC members about their involvement in Java and the JCP - how they feel about the work we've done in the past year or two, and what they hope to accomplish in the coming year.

JCP Public EC Meeting

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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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, 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!

Sunday Oct 18, 2015

The JCP 2015 Executive Committee Nominees & Meeting

The 2015 Java Community Process (JCP) program Executive Committee (EC) nominations period has closed. The ballot will not open until Tuesday, 10 November, but the nomination materials for all of the candidates have been posted on This year we decided to allow the community to have a bit more time to get to know the candidates - we have extended the time between the nominations period and the opening of the ballot.  To that end, we will have a 'Meet the Candidates' meeting during the week of JavaOne in San Francisco, CA USA on Sunday 25 October at 6:30 pm as part of User Group Sunday in Moscone South (this is also known as the Public JCP EC Meeting) and will include some tasty beverages to get the conversation started, read beer ;).

UGF11076    JCP Meet the Executive Committee: Main Room in Moscone South, 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM

The EC has a total of 25 members - 16 Ratified Seats, 8 Elected Seats and one permanent seat held by Oracle. This year there are 8 Ratified seats and 3 Elected seats up for election by the JCP Membership. JCP Members vote on the ballot to determine the JCP EC Members for the upcoming term.  And the candidates this year are... 

RATIFIED - 8 Candidates: Credit Suisse, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Red Hat, SouJava, IBM. 

ELECTED - 6 Candidates (for 3 open seats): Eclipse, Jelastic, Jokl Technologies, London Java Community, Tomitribe, Twitter.

Please join us on next week to meet the candidates! If you are not attending JavaOne 2015 (and I highly recommend that you do - check out the other JCP related activities at JavaOne, including the Hackergarten), we will also host a teleconference with the candidates are Thursday, 6 November at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. The recording of this call will be available on the multimedia page if you cannot attend live.

The 2015 EC Election ballot will open on 10 November for JCP Members to cast their votes, which will determine the JCP EC Members for the 2015-2016 term. The ballot will remain open until 23 November at midnight PST, and the results of the election will be published on 24 November.

JCP Members: please take this opportunity you have to influence the direction of Java by being informed and voting for the members of the EC!

Friday Oct 02, 2015

Learn the Latest from the JCP at JavaOne 2015 San Francisco

It is that time of year again!  Time to attend the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.  Learn what's happening with the JCP program, JCP.Next, Adopt-a-JSR, meet the 13th Annual JCP Award nominees and potential new JCP Executive Committee (EC) members. There will be plenty of opportunities on Sunday through Thursday during JavaOne 2015. We look forward to seeing you there (full article).

Sunday 10/25/15
  • JCP Public EC Meeting & Meeting the EC Candidates at JavaOne
    Session ID:UGF11083

    This event is also known as the JCP Public Executive Committee Face-to-Face Meeting.
    Location: Moscone South, Rooms 308/309
    Time: 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Monday 10/26/15
  • Hackergarten
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square - Java Hub at the Java Exhibition Hall
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • The 13th Annual JCP Awards Presentation and Party
    JCP members, JUG members, Adopt-a-JSR participants, JavaOne attendees... all are invited to the always anticipated JCP Party. This is the place to interact with colleagues from around the world--Expert Group members, Spec Leads of the most popular Java standards, JUG Leaders and EC members. Participants will enjoy spectacular views of the city in the evening, appetizers and drinks, pick up door prizes, enter our annual raffle and cheer on the recipients of the coveted JCP Program Awards. Plus a photo opportunities with Duke.
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Cityscape (at the top of the Hilton Hotel)
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Reserve your ticket now!

Tuesday 10/27/15
  • Hackergarten
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square - Java Hub at the Java Exhibition Hall
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • JCP Meeting Room
    JCP Spec Leads can reserve the room in advance by sending an email to
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Time: Open 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM throughout the conference

  • Participate in the Future of
    Session ID: CON5434

    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Golden Gate 2/3
    Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Meet the Java Standards Leaders
    Session ID: BOF3770

    Location: Parc 55 Wyndham, Mission
    Time: 9:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Wednesday 10/1/14
  • Hackergarten
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square - Java Hub at the Java Exhibition Hall
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • JCP Meeting Room
    JCP Spec Leads can reserve the room in advance by sending an email to
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Time: Open 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

  • JCP Meet and Greet
    Spec Leads, JCP Members, and Adopt-a-JSR participants are encouraged to stop by for drinks and appetizers.
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Union Square 22
    Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thursday 10/2/14
  • JCP Meeting Room
    JCP Spec Leads can reserve the room in advance by sending an email to
    Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Time: Open 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM throughout the conference

Wednesday Sep 16, 2015

2015 JCP EC Nominations Open

It is that time of year again! Nominations for the 2015 JCP Executive Committee (EC) have opened! The JCP will accept self-nominations for the 3 Elected Seats through Monday, 28 September.  More on the JCP Elections process is on Elections page of

JCP Members (JSPA 2 Primary Contacts) should have received email messages with instructions for nominating and their login credentials via email yesterday (on Tuesday 15 September). You will need this credential information to login and complete the nomination. The ballot with nominees for Ratified and Elected seats will be open from 10-23 November. All JCP Members can then cast their votes for the open EC seats. The results will be available on on 24 November.

If you are interested in learning more about the role of JCP EC, see the JCP Process section on the EC and the current EC page on

Please also plan to attend the Public EC Meeting and Meet the Candidates during the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco on Sunday, 25 October in Moscone West (last session of the day - time TBD) and the Meet the Candidates call (Thursday, 6 November at 10:00 AM Pacific Time). We will primarily highlight the elected (vs ratified) candidates at the "Meet the Candidates Call". This is a great opportunity for the candidates to present their qualification statements to the eligible voters.

I will be highlighting nominations on Twitter (@jcp_org), and am looking forward to seeing many JCP members step forward in this nomination process!  

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

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 (, promoting ‘Adopt a JSR’ and JSON-B spec at JUG UA meetings ( and also at JavaDay Lviv conference (
  • 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.

Tuesday Aug 25, 2015

2015 JCP EC Elections Start in September

The 2015 Fall Executive Committee Elections will be starting in September.

The nominations period of the Elections will begin on 15 September. The JCP will accept nominations for Elected seats through 28 September. The ballot will be open from 10-23 November. The results will be available on on 24 November.

If you have an interest in participating in the JCP EC, please start preparing the materials now. If you have any questions, please send us an email:

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. 

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Public JCP EC Meeting 12 May at 8:00 am PDT

The next JCP EC Meeting, and the first Public JCP EC Meeting open to the Java Community, is scheduled for Tuesday, 12 May at 08:00 AM Pacific (GMT -07:00).  The meeting will include an update on the latest JCP.Next JSR, JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership.  Meeting details are below.

We hope you will join us, but if you cannot attend, the recording and materials will also be public on the multimedia page.  The minutes and materials from the April 2015 Teleconference, are available if you want to catch up on the latest discussions. Looking forward to it!

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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 Jan 07, 2015

2014 Wrap Report - JCP Celebrates 15 Years + more!

Happy New Year! As we look ahead to plans for the Java Community Process (JCP) program in 2015, let's take a quick look back through 2014.  

1) The JCP Celebrates 15 Years - we celebrated 15 years of the JCP program by holding an amazing party in June at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Java User Group (SVJUG). We celebrated with fellow Java developers including Spec Leads, Expert Group members, Executive Committee (EC) members and some of the folks instrumental in the success of the JCP program over the past fifteen years. We recognized the collaborative work from companies, academics, individual developers and not-for-profits from all over the world who have come together to develop Java technology through the JCP program.  Among the attendees were former JCP Chairs, Rob Gingell and Onno Kluyt, as well as Carla Schroer, Henrik Stahl, Bill Shannon, Alex Buckley, Joe Darcy, Vineet Gupta; and several EC Members, such as John Pampuch, Mike DeNicola and Paul Manfrini.  We also did a virtual call with SouJava and  Nighthacking with Stephen Chin, including a live interview with James Gosling and others, talking about the JCP being 'pretty wonderful'. You can also check out the  JCP photostream of the party and other events.  We continued the celebration at the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco in September, which was spectacular with the addition of the NullPointers Java Community Band and ReepsOne beatboxing with Duke; we also announced the 12th annual JCP awards at the party.

In commemoration of this milestone, we developed a cool 15 Year JCP Infographic and icon to highlight the progress and success of the JCP program throughout its' lifecycle.  These were included in kits for Java User Groups (JUGs) to celebrate the JCP in 2014 - they received a presentation, party favors, 15 Year Infographic posters and a raffle item for their local JUG 15 year JCP Celebration!  Sixty five kits for JUGs around the world were shipped to six continents - Africa, Asia, Australia Europe, North America and South America (still missing Antarctica)!

2) Major Releases of Java SE and Java ME  approved through the JCP - JSR 337,  Java SE 8 Platform Release Contents, was approved. This was the largest upgrade to the Java programming model since the platform was introduced in 1996. The key features were JSR 335, Lambdas for the Java Programming Language, Nashorn, and JSR 310, a new Date & Time API.  JSR 360, CLDC, 8 was approved. This was a major update to the existing Java ME platform incorporating a large set of updated and new features, including: Java language and API alignment with Java SE 8, support for modern web protocols, a comprehensive application model, advanced security features and standard APIs for power management and interaction with a broad set of standard peripherals. JSR 361,  Java ME Embedded Profile, was also developed and approved through the JCP in 2014.  This JSR provides a development platform for embedded devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).

3) Adopt-a-JSR Momentum - with the major releases of the Java platforms, and building on the participation in the development of the Java EE 7 platform release in 2013, the Adopt-a-JSR program continued to draw interest and enthusiasm from the early adopters in the Java developer community.  Participants contributed significantly to the Java SE 8 Release, including JSR 335, Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language, and JSR 310, Date & Time API.  We held several Adopt-a-JSR online meetings in 2014 - recordings and materials are published on the Multimedia page. JUG leaders added languages translations to the wiki - expanding to nine languages - English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Hebrew.  There are 30 JUGs currently participating. I had an opportunity to meet and discuss interest with many other JUGs in 2014, including Bucharest, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Macedonia, Madras and Paraguay JUGs in 2014, and hope to see them participate in 2015.

30 separate JUGs are already participatingBelgium JUG, Campinas JUG, Chicago JUG, CEJUG, Chennai JUG, Cologne JUG, Congo JUG, EGJUG, Faso JUG, Guadalajara JUG, GUJavaSC, Houston JUG, Hyderabad JUG, Indonesia JUG, Istanbul JUG, Japan JUG, Java Hellenic User Group, Joglo Semar JUG, Jozi JUG, LJC, Madrid JUG, MBale JUG, Morocco JUG, Peru JUG, PT.JUG, SouJava JUG, Silicon Valley JUG and Toronto JUG.  

4) New JSRs filed for next editions of Java EE and Java SE - starting in September 2014, we had 11 new JSRs submitted for Java EE 8 (JSRs 365 - JSR 375).  JSR 366, is the Java EE 8 Platform Specification JSR. The main focus of this release in on support for HTML5 and the emerging HTTP 2.0 standard, enhanced simplification and managed bean integration and improved infrastructure for applications running in the cloud. The new technologies for Java EE 8 include MVC, JSON-B and Security; revisions so far submitted are CDI, JSF, JAX-RS, Servlets, JMS, Management, and JSON-P. All 11 of the Java EE 8 JSRs submitted to date are currently approved for development by the JCP EC, and are beginning to start work in their Expert Groups.  The published schedules expect the Early Drafts to be ready in the Spring of 2015 and the Final Releases in 2016.  The Adopt-a-JSR for Java EE 8 page is a great resource for suggestions on getting involved if you are not part of the Expert Groups. In addition, the first Java SE 9 JSR was filed and approved by the JCP EC,  JSR 376, Java Module Platform System; subsequent JSRs are planned to be filed for Java SE 9 in 2015.

5) JCP.Next Progress -  we have evolved the JCP program over the years to meet the needs of the community, embracing participation, transparency and openness as we develop and deliver multiple editions of the Java Platform. This formal process was designed to be fast, flexible, and adaptable to a wide variety of working styles present in the community. We continued with the effort to evolve the JCP in 2014, through JCP.Next.  The JCP Executive Committee serves as the Expert Group. We introduced a new JCP.Next JSR in 2014, JSR 364, aimed at broadening JCP Membership & Participation.  This JSR completed an Early Draft Review in 2014, and will introduce new levels of membership to the JCP program and eliminate membership fees.  We hope to finalize JSR 364 in 2015. In tandem, we will continue work on JSR 358, A Major Revision to the JCP, in 2015. This JSR will take longer to complete and passed a Renewal Ballot in 2014 to continue development in the JCP program.  

To go along with the openness and transparency that are now the default mode of operation for JSRs,  making them, in effect, open source projects, several JSRs participated in Hackergartens at conferences around the world, including Devoxx, JavaLand and JavaOne. This was a great way to involve the broader Java community in the development of JSRs and include real world developer feedback, and is an effort that will continue to be a focus in 2015.

We also are seeing an increase in membership as a result of some of the changes being discussed as part of JCP.Next, and we expect this to continue in 2015, as well.  New corporate memberships in 2014 included: C2B2, Caelum, Canoo AG, Cloudera, Consol GmbH, Dextra, Gradleware, Hazelcast, ICEsoft Technologies, innoQ, Intalio, Irian Solutions GmbH, Jelastic, Kaazing Corporation, MicroDoc, MongoDB, oparco, Rakuten, Savoir Technologies, Summa Tech do Brasil, Terra Firma Engineering, TimeSys, Tomitribe, Webtide, Wombat Software, Vaadin, Vision Service Plan, and ZEEF.  New JUGs members included: Alpes JUG, Berlin JUG, Bulgarian JUG, DFJUG, GUJava SC, KanJava, Manchester JUG, and Melbourne JUG.  If you are interested in becoming a member, see the Membership page.

Next week I will be presenting the 2014 Year in Review for the JCP Executive Committee during our two day Face to Face in San Jose, California, hosted by EC Member, Freescale.  I will publish those slides for review, if you are interested in more information on the JCP in 2014.  2015 will be an exciting time for the Java developer community and I am looking forward to it with great anticipation!  Hope to seeing many of you in the coming year - either virtually or in person. 

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

2014 Star Spec Lead Nominations Open

Star Spec Lead nominations are now open until 2 January 2015. 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!  Submit nominations via the form on

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.

Monday Dec 15, 2014

Adopt-a-JSR for Java EE - CDI, JSF, MVC, Servlet Specs

There are thirty JUGs participating in Adopt-a-JSR to date, and for the newly approved Java EE 8 JSRs (eleven JSRs have been initiated and eight have been approved so far in the last couple of months), there are already thirteen JUGs interested in getting involved in these early stages-- London Java Community, Egypt JUG, Morocco JUG, GUJava SC (Brazil), SouJava (Brazil), Japan JUG, BeJUG (Belgium), JUG Chennai, JUG Hyderabad, Faso JUG, Chicago JUG, and Houston JUG. Take a look at the wiki page where you can join the project and update the wiki.  There is also a link to the Adopt-a-JSR Java EE 8 page on the wiki. Earlier this week, I hosted an online meeting with the Paraguay JUG on the JCP & Adopt-a-JSR program.  If your JUG is interested in having an online meeting, please let me know.  

Last week I hosted an Adopt-a-JSR meeting with Java EE 8 Platform Specification Lead, Linda DeMichiel, and in October, we had an impromptu Adopt-a-JSR meeting in Prague with several of the Java EE Spec Leads -- JAX-RS (JSR 370), WebSocket (JSR 356), Java EE Management (JSR 373) and JSON-B (JSR 367). You can listen to the recordings and view the slides on the multimedia page.  

We plan to do similar meetings with all of the Java EE 8 Spec Leads in the coming months to facilitate collaboration and participation in the Adopt-a-JSR program. 

Right now these JSRs are in the early stages of development and are still forming their Expert Groups, but some of the suggestions for feedback at this early stage include providing feedback on requirements, use case development, or commenting/voting on issues in the JIRA issue tracker. Please use 'adoptajsr' tag in the JIRA issue tracker. You can find all of the links you need on the page for each JSR, for example, for JSR 366 the url is: (just change the last 3 characters of the url to the JSR number you are interested in: or see  full list of the Java EE 8 JSRs, filed to date. 

We are planning our next Adopt-a-JSR online meeting on Friday, 19 December at 10 am pacific time on some of the Java EE 8 JSRs - JSR 365, Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) 2.0; JSR 372, JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.3; JSR 371, Model-View Controller (MVC) 1.0; JSR 369, Java Servlet 4.0. If you cannot join the meeting at this time, do not worry!  It will be recorded on posted on the multimedia page.

Details for Java EE 8, Adopt-a-JSR call:

Friday, 19 December 10 am PST 

Join WebEx meeting:

Meeting password: 23678

1 866 682 4770 (in the US)

Outside the US find your country number or dial : +1 (408) 774-4073

conference code: 5731908

password: 23678

Please let me know if you have any questions or discuss on the mailing list with each other! I will also be hosting some office hour times next month if people want to chat more informally. Or if you have questions or would like to discuss in more detail on a 1:1 basis, I'm happy to do so.  You can ping me on twitter @heathervc or @jcp_org.


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