Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

JCP.Next - Early Adopters of JCP 2.8

JCP.Next is a series of three JSRs (JSR 348JSR 355 and JSR 358), to be defined through the JCP process itself, with the JCP Executive Committee serving as the Expert Group. The proposed JSRs will modify the JCP's processes  - the Process Document and Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) and will apply to all new JSRs for all Java platforms.  

The first -, or more formally JSR 348, Towards a new version of the Java Community Process - was completed and put into effect in October 2011 as JCP 2.8. This focused on a small number of simple but important changes to make our process more transparent and to enable broader participation. We're already seeing the benefits of these changes as new and existing JSRs adopt the new requirements.

The second - JSR 355, Executive Committee Merge, is also Final. You can read the JCP 2.9 Process Document .  As part of the JSR 355 Final Release, the JCP Executive Committee published revisions to the JCP Process Document (version 2.9) and the EC Standing Rules (version 2.2).  The changes went into effect following the 2012 EC Elections in November.

The third JSR 358, A major revision of the Java Community Process was submitted in June 2012.  This JSR will modify the Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) as well as the Process Document, and will tackle a large number of complex issues, many of them postponed from JSR 348. For these reasons, the JCP EC (acting as the Expert Group for this JSR), expects to spend a considerable amount of time working on this JSR. The JSPA is defined by the JCP as "a one-year, renewable agreement between the Member and Oracle. The success of the Java community depends upon an open and transparent JCP program.  JSR 358, A major revision of the Java Community Process, is now in process and can be followed on

The following JSRs and Spec Leads were the early adopters of JCP 2.8, who voluntarily migrated their JSRs from JCP 2.x to JCP 2.8 or above.  More candidates for 2012 JCP Star Spec Leads!

  1. JSR 236, Concurrency Utilities for Java EE (Anthony Lai/Oracle), migrated April 2012

  2. JSR 308, Annotations on Java Types (Michael Ernst, Alex Buckley/Oracle), migrated September 2012

  3. JSR 335, Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language (Brian Goetz/Oracle), migrated October 2012

  4. JSR 337, Java SE 8 Release Contents (Mark Reinhold/Oracle) – EG Formation, migrated September 2012

  5. JSR 338, Java Persistence 2.1 (Linda DeMichiel/Oracle), migrated January 2012

  6. JSR 339, JAX-RS 2.0: The Java API for RESTful Web Services (Santiago Pericas-Geertsen, Marek Potociar/Oracle), migrated July 2012

  7. JSR 340, Java Servlet 3.1 Specification (Shing Wai Chan, Rajiv Mordani/Oracle), migrated August 2012

  8. JSR 341, Expression Language 3.0 (Kin-man Chung/Oracle), migrated August 2012

  9. JSR 343, Java Message Service 2.0 (Nigel Deakin/Oracle), migrated March 2012

  10. JSR 344, JavaServer Faces 2.2 (Ed Burns/Oracle), migrated September 2012

  11. JSR 345, Enterprise JavaBeans 3.2 (Marina Vatkina/Oracle), migrated February 2012

  12. JSR 346, Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java EE 1.1 (Pete Muir/RedHat) – migrated December 2011

Monday Dec 10, 2012

Developing a TCK: Spec Lead Call for Spec Leads 20 December

The JCP Program will be hosting a Spec Lead call on 20 December on the topic of developing a Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK).  A Technology Compatibility Kit is a required output of a JSR at Final Release, along with the Specification and Reference Implementation (RI).   The TCK must test all aspects of a specification that impact how compatible an implementation of that specification would be, such as the public API and all mandatory elements of the specification. The Reference Implementation is required to pass the TCK. A vendor's implementation of a specification is only considered compatible if the implementation passes the TCK fully and completely.  The TCK is used to test implementations of the Final Specification to make sure that they are fully compatible.

The call will be recorded and posted on the multimedia page along with any related materials.   Webex invitation details for the online meeting:

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Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
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Sunday Dec 09, 2012

JSR Updates - Multiple JSRs migrate to latest JCP version

As part of the JCP.Next reform effort, many JSRs have migrated to the latest version of the JCP program in the last month.  These JSRs' Spec Leads and Expert Groups are contributing to the strides the JCP has been making to enable greater community transparency, participation and agility to the working of the JSR development through the JCP program.

Any other JSR Spec Leads interested in migrating to the latest JCP version, now JCP 2.9, as of 13 November, incorporating the Merged Executive Committee (EC), see the Spec Lead Guide for instructions on migrating to the latest JCP version.  For JCP 2.8 JSRs, you are effectively already operating under JCP 2.9 since there are no longer two ECs.  This is the difference for JCP 2.8 JSRs migrating to JCP 2.9 -- a merged EC.  To make the migration official, just inform your Expert Group on a public channel and email your request to admin at

  • JSR 310, Date and Time API, led by Stephen Colebourne and Michael Nascimento and Oracle (Roger Riggs) 
  • JSR 349, Bean Validation 1.1, led by RedHat (Emmanuel Bernard)
  • JSR 350, Java State Management, led by Oracle (Mitch Upton)
  • JSR 339, JAX-RS 2.0: The Java API for RESTful Web Services, led by Oracle (Santiago Pericas-Geertsen and Marek Potociar)
  • JSR 347, Data Grids for the Java Platform, led by RedHat (Manik Surtani)

Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

Meet up with the JCP at JavaOne Latin America

The JCP made it to JavaOne Brazil!  We had a quickie presentation earlier today on JCP.Next that was well attended.  Come to see us at@ the  OTN mini-theatre tomorrow from 12:00-12:15 pm for a quickie on participation.  Then make your way to the Mezanino: Sala 12 at 12:30 pm for CON-22250.  "The Java Community Process: How You Can Make a Positive Difference" will be presented with Heather VanCura, JCP,  and Fabio Velloso, SouJava (plus special guests), on Thursday, 6 December.  Find out more about how to participate in the JCP program, the JCP.Next effort and how to get involved with Adopt-a-JSR through your JUG (or on your own)! 

Here is the description in Portuguese:

A JCP desempenha um papel fundamental na evolução do Java. A sessão vai enfatizar o valor da transparência e participação através da JCP, Grupos de Usuários Java e do programa Adote um JSR. Vamos explorar também algumas das mudanças futuras no processo através da iniciativa JCP.Next, e explicar como você pode se envolver. Traga suas dúvidas, suas sugestões, e suas preocupações. Nós queremos ouvir de você, e incentivá-lo e facilitar a sua participação ativa no avanço da plataforma Java

Tuesday Nov 27, 2012

JSR updates - First Merged EC Ballots

As the second part of the JCP.Next effort, JCP 2.9 launched 2 weeks ago on 13 November, and the first JCP EC ballots with the Merged EC have concluded.  

JSR 339, JAX-RS 2.0: The Java API for RESTful Web Services, passed EC Public Review Ballot and was approved by the EC -- 20 yes votes, 2 abstain, 2 did not vote -- view results.

JSR 349, Bean Validation 1.1, passed EC Public Review Ballot and was approved by the EC --17 yes votes, 2 abstain, 5 did not vote --  view results.

Monday Nov 26, 2012

JavaOne Latin America - JCP Sessions Scheduled

Learn more about the JCP at JavaOne Latin America.

- "Make the Future Java - JUGs, Java Champions and the JCP", will be presented on Tuesday, 4 December at 14:30.

- "The Java Community Process: How You Can Make a Positive Difference" will be presented with Heather VanCura and members of SouJava, on Thursday, 6 December at 12:30. 

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

Java EE 7 JSR update

Java EE 7 JSR case you missed the last few entries with JSR updates, there are 8 Java EE 7 JSRs currently in JCP milestone review stages.  Your input is requested and needed!

  • JSR 342: Early Draft Review 2– Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7) Specification (review ends 30 November); Oracle
  • JSR 107: Early Draft Review - JCACHE - Java Temporary Caching API (review ends 22 November); Greg Luck, Oracle
  • JSR 236: Early Draft Review – Concurrency Utilities for Java EE (review ends 15 December); Oracle
  • JSR 338: Early Draft Review 2 – Java Persistence 2 (review ends 30 November); Oracle
  • JSR 346: Public Review – Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java EE 1.1 (EC ballot 4-17 December); RedHat
  • JSR 352: Public Review – Batch Applications for the Java Platform (EC ballot 4-17 December); IBM
  • JSR 349: Public Review – Bean Validation 1.1 (EC ballot 20- 26 November); RedHat
  • JSR 339: Public Review – JAX-RS 2.0: The Java API for RESTful Web Services (Review period ended, EC ballot ends 26 November); Oracle

 Also, check out the Java EE wiki with a specification and schedule update, including most recently, the addition of JSR 236.

Monday Nov 19, 2012

JSR Updates and EC Meeting Tuesday @ 15:00 PST

JSR 310, Date and Time API, has moved to JCP 2.9 (first JCP 2.9 JSR!)

JSR 236, Concurrency Utilities for Java EE, has published an Early Draft Review. This review ends 15 December 2012.

 Tomorrow, Tuesday 20 November is the last Public EC Meeting of 2012, and the first EC meeting with the merged EC. The second hour of this meeting will be open to the public at 3:00 PM PST. The agenda includes  JSR 355,  EC merge implementation report, JSR 358 ( status report, JCP 2.8 status update and community audit program.  Details are below. We hope you will join us, but if you cannot attend, not to worry--the recording and materials will also be public on the multimedia page.

Meeting details

  • Date & Time
    • Tuesday November 20, 2012, 3:00 - 4:00 pm PST
  • Location
    • Teleconference
  • Dial-in
  • WebEx
    • Browse for the meeting from
    • No registration required (enter your name and email address)
    • Password: 12345 (updated!)


  • JSR 355 (the EC merge) implementation report
  • JSR 358 ( status report
  • 2.8 status update and community audit program
  • Discussion/Q&A


  • The call will be recorded and the recording published on, so those who are unable to join in real-time will still be able to participate.

Thursday Nov 15, 2012

NightHacking Tour Chat with the JCP posted

Stephen Chin is doing live video streaming as he tours around Europe on motorcycle -- interviewing, presenting, and hacking! Check out his NightHacking chat during Devoxx with Heather VanCura and Patrick Curran about the JCP, plus a guest appearance by Ben Evans from the London Java Community.

Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

JCP feature on Java Spotlight #108

Listen to the Java Spotlight podcast #108 for an interview with JCP Chair, Patrick Curran and Program Office Manager, Heather VanCura discussing JCP.Next, participation and transparency in the JCP program.

Saturday Nov 10, 2012

JCP 2.9 & Transparency Spec Lead Call material is available

The JCP 2.9 & Transparency Spec Lead Call materials and recording from 9 November are now available on the multimedia page.  Learn about changes introduced with JCP 2.9, effective Tuesday, 13 November, and a review of the JCP.Next reform efforts. Plus, a progress report on JCP 2.8, specifically around the areas of transparency, participation and agility, as well as suggestions for how you can get more involved in supporting these efforts with the current JCP program JSRs. 

Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

Meet up with JCP at Devoxx - 13 - 16 November

The JCP will be back at Devoxx this year:-).  If you are attending, you can catch either Patrick or Heather at one of these events...

Tuesday - OpenJDK Lab, and then we will move over to the Hackergarten (TCK/unit testing); or Beer Bash at Oracle Booth-17:30–19:30.

Wednesday - Beer Bash at Oracle Booth-18:00–20:00!

Thursday - JCP session-12:00:  The JCP Program: More than 101 Ways to Influence the Future of the Java Platform ; Patrick Curran, Chair of the JCP & Heather VanCura, JCP Manager; or Beer Bash at Oracle Booth-18:00–20:00.

Oracle booth twiki

Oracle Session listing

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

JCP 2.9 and Transparency Call for Spec Leads 9 November

JCP Spec Leads are invited to participate in an online meeting/call this Friday, 9 November, to hear a talk about the the 2.9 version of the Java Community Process (effective date of 13 November) and discuss the changes with representatives of the Program Management Office.  This call will be recorded and published with materials for those not able to attend.  Details of the call are included below.

JCP 2.9 is presented in two documents:

The JCP 2.9 document:

and the EC Standing Rules document:

In addition, we will be reviewing ways to collect community feedback on the transparency requirements for JCP 2.7 and above JSRs (JCP 2.8, JCP 2.9), detailed as part of the Spec Lead Guide.

Call details:

Topic: JCP 2.9 and Transparency
Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
Time: 9:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
Meeting Number: 800 623 574
Meeting Password: 5282

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Monday Nov 05, 2012

Meet the Spec Leads & Active JSRs

For your Monday reading pleasure, the JCP has published Spec Lead Profiles of In Progress/Active JSRs--there are 35 of these Spec Leads!  Find out more about these dedicated community leaders.  In preparing these profiles, the PMO also asked Specification Leads to tell about their experiences  as Spec Leads.  There were many themes that emerged around transparency, openness, agility and participation.  This led to a related article for those interested in learning about the experience of participating in the development of a Java Specification through the JCP program, see: "Active Specification Leads Offer Best Practices and Tips for Success".

In Progress/Active JSRs were also reported on in the PMO Presentation during the last JCP EC Face-to-Face meeting in September 2012.  

Now is a good time to start thinking about nominations for Star Spec Leads.  Nominations for 2012 are now open.  Anyone can submit a nomination for Star Spec Lead; however, we ask that you nominate an active JSR Spec Lead, operating a JSR under JCP program version 2.8 (introduced October 2011) or above.  Nominations close 31 December 2012.

Friday Nov 02, 2012

JSR Updates and Inactive JSRs

 The following Java EE JSRs have made progress in the JCP program this week:

JSR 342, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7) Specification, has posted an Early Draft 2 Review.  This review closes 30 November.

JSR 338, Java Persistence 2.1, has posted an Early Draft 2 Review.  This review closes 30 November.

 JSR 346, Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java, EE 1.1, has posted a Public Review.  This review closes 3 December.

 JSR 352, Batch Applications for the Java Platform, has posted a Public Review.  This review closes 3 December.

 Also see the schedule update for Java EE 7.

Inactive JSRs: In 2008, we initiated an effort to identify JSRs that had not continued to make progress in the JCP program, with the goal of increasing agility and also transparency.  We have reported on this topic since that time at JCP Executive Committee Meetings. The term 'Inactive JSRs' was introduced, and a process was developed with the guidance of the EC to reduce the number of Inactive JSRs  (reduced from over 60 to 2 JSRs) through either moving to the next JSR stage or being Withdrawn or declared Dormant.  This process has been formalized in JCP 2.8 and above, with the introduction of JSR deadlines.  The JSRs which were put to a Dormancy Ballot in September 2012  have been approved by the EC and are now declared Dormant.  You can view the results of the JSR Voting on  The latest Inactive JSRs report is available as part of the September 2012 JCP EC Face-to-Face Meeting Materials. 


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