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 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:

Login to  for the meeting.
Topic: SL Call: Developing a TCK
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Time: 9:30 am, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
Meeting Number: 804 390 892
Meeting Password: 2222

To join the audio conference

    +1 (866) 682-4770 (US)
    Conference code: 945-4597
    Security code: 52775 ("JCPSL" on your phone handset)
    For global access numbers see
        Or +1 (408) 774-4073

Wednesday Sep 15, 2010

JavaOne is approaching!

The approach of JavaOne (next week!) tends to galvanize activity within the JCP program. It's a perfect time to publish drafts of specifications and to meet face to face with Expert Groups, fellow Spec Leads, and members of the Executive Committee at the annual JCP program community event.  Read more and RSVP to JCP events at JavaOne .

JavaOne is also a great time for the PMO to publish fresh information, too. You can expect to get notices about the following goodies in the coming week or two, so stay tuned for more about...
- the JCP Annual Award nominees
- case studies about the great efforts of JSR spec leads, in particular, on the topic of agility
- an article about what happens when a JSR is recognized as "Inactive"

Wednesday Sep 01, 2010

JCP Activities at JavaOne 2010

JavaOne is quickly approaching and we wanted to take this opportunity to invite all JCP program participants, members, expert group member, spec leads, and EC memers to attend the activities planned during the JavaOne conference for JCP program enthusiasts.

Birds Of a Feather (BOF) Sessions:
- Java ME Checkpoint: Current Status and Future Directions - Tuesday, September 21, 7:00PM | Hilton San Francisco, Yosemite C

- Java Community Process: What You Like and What You Don't - Tuesday, September 21, 7:00PM | Parc 55, Cyril Magnin III

Expert Group Meeting Room:
As every year, the JCP PMO has arranged a room for in person meetings for the Expert Groups.
The room is available on a first-come-first served reservation system.
In order to book a slot, please email with the desired schedule and he will confirm or recommend alternative time slots should the room not be available.
The EG room is in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square:
333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, California, United States 94102
The Hilton is one of the three Hotels where the main JavaOne sessions are going to be held, so it is very conveniently located.

JCP Community Event:

Our annual JCP community Event. Join us to celebrate the recipients of the JCP awards. Join the PMO, Spec Leads, Expert Group Members and Executive Committees members to celebrate. Appetizers and drinks will be served as well as door prizes.  The event will be held at the Pacific Terrace of the Intercontinental Hotel at 888 Howard Street on Wednesday, September 22, between 6PM and 8PM on your way to the Oracle Appreciation Event. Shuttle buses to Treasure Island will be available less than a block away.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday Jul 19, 2010

Nominations Open for 2010 JCP Program Awards

Nominations for the eighth annual JCP Program Awards are now open!

As has become customary, the JCP program office will present the JCP program annual awards during JavaOne.  Last year we opened nominations to the community, and the plan is to open a board similar to last years' where nominations from the community can be posted for six award categories (see below). There is an open board for nominations on members may submit nominations online or via email to until 31 July.  The EC will vote on the nominations in early August, and the results will be announced/presented during the conference in September.  We are requesting nominations for the following categories (full descriptions of the categories are listed on the nomination page):

  • JCP member of the year
  • JCP participant of the year
  • Outstanding Java SE/EE Spec Lead
  • Outstanding Java ME Spec Lead
  • Most Innovative Java SE/EE JSR
  • Most Innovative Java ME JSR

You can view the 2009 award nominees and winners here.

Tuesday Feb 16, 2010

2010 Star Spec Leads

The program office is preparing to select the 2010 Star Spec Leads, as announced in the December 2009 newsletter.

Do you have candidates for 2010 Star Spec Leads? Please post them here or send email to heather at jcp dot org, if you would like to nominate a Spec Lead for this honor.  Please include a couple of sentences in support of your nomination and keep in mind the selection criteria:

Spec Lead Process Category (Baseline):
  • Timely responses to EG, PMO and EC concerns
  • EG meetings and sharing of JSR comments on a regular basis
  • Leadership and Team performance (input needs to come from EG)
  • JSR progress, staying on schedule, updating schedule, staying on track and delivering on promises
  • Transparency and JSR progress reports (using the tools) - use of community update pages, observer aliases, jsr community or other tool, etc
Spec Lead Communications Category (Baseline):
  • Communication in the EG and w/the PMO

Spec Lead Process Category (Exceptional):
  • Active blogging/mentioning their JSR/JCP standards in their blog (Spec Leads are encouraged to send us links to their blogs)
  • Participating in mentorships
  • Participate in JCP PMO podcasts or WebEx calls
  • Submit tutorial material to publish on
  • Managing unusual obstacles in a JSR, i.e. Spec Lead transfers JSR transfers to different entity, loss of valuable EG members.
  • New, effective and innovative ways to run-manage Egs, i.e. running active and observer groups, having voting rights and duties documented, using a project.
  • Maintaining the expected behavior w/a huge expert group
  • Resurrect stalled JSRs IF THESE ARE NOT THEIR JSRs
  • Dealing w/a politically sticky or tricky situation i.e. mergers and acquisitions, negotiating inclusion into umbrella JSRs
  • Engagement in evangelism in general promoting the importance of standards
Spec Lead Communications Category (Exceptional):
  • Promoting the JCP and the Community to broader audiences (JUGs, non-Java developers, students and more)
  • 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
  • Sharing JSR related news with the Community
  • Utilizing social media consistently including blogging for promoting and attracting support for their JSRs
  • Conducting media interviews about their JSRs

For more information on the Star Spec Lead program, see: .

Thursday May 28, 2009

Introducing JCP program version 2.7

Yesterday the JCP introduced a new version of the program -- JCP 2.7.  This is a Maintenance Release of JSR 215.  We also announced the nominees of the 2009 JCP Program Annual Awards.  See the release here

Spec Leads can find out more out these changes by attending the workshop sponsored by the PMO on Monday 1 June in San Francisco, CA.  There are still a few spots left--contact the PMO if you are interested in attending.  Read about all of the JCP sponsored events at JavaOne, including the annual JCP program community party here .  Duke will be there, and the 2009 JCP Awards will also be presented there.  Plenty of food and drink as usual, and this year we will have t-shirts as well as a raffle/prize drawing!

Thursday May 14, 2009

JavaOne is coming...

It's just over two weeks until the 2009 JavaOne Conference.  The JCP program office is busy planning some of the regular favorite events for the community, including the annual party on Tuesday June 2--the annual awards will be presented and Duke will be there.  Check out the details here...more to come as we get closer to June.

Monday May 04, 2009

Congratulations to the 2009 Star Spec Leads

The program office announced the 2009 JCP Program Star Spec Leads on Friday.

The new Star Spec Leads are Ed Burns, Mike Milikich and David Nuescheler--a big congratulations and sincere thank you to these Stars for their exceptional performance, service and contribution to the commuinty!

The Star Spec Leads Program was launched by the JCP program office four years ago, and recognizes JCP program Spec Leads  who consistently showcase their value through their JSR leadership in their Expert Group (EG) as well as in areas outside their EG, such as establishing best practices, operating transparently and mentoring others.

You can also read about past Star Spec Leads in the JCP Star Spec Lead Hall of Fame .


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