Flashing past the finish

Today’s the big day. Having grown from a mere foal into a handsome mare, all while being driven hard during a marathon race lasting just over two years, today Java SE 6 gallops at full speed past the cameras at the finish line and out into the real world. Her name has changed but she still carries herself with a measured pride and more than a hint of her native wild grace.

This time around I had the pleasure of leading the team of trainers who shaped this fine animal. I’d like to thank the members of the expert group for JSR 270, the Java SE 6 “umbrella” platform specification, for their wisdom:

Geir Magnusson Apache
Andy Piper BEA
Steve Jones Capgemini
Neal Gafter Google
Steve Schaniel HP
Steve Poole IBM
Daniel Leuck Ikayzo
Wayne Carr Intel
Scott Stark JBoss
Wayne Young Metasolv
Michel Trudeau Oracle
Michael Bechauf SAP
Keith Holdaway SAS Institute
David Bock (self)
Doug Lea (self)
Michael Santos (self)
Sam Pullara (self)
Paul Hammant ThoughtWorks

JSR 270 defines the feature list for the release; most of the deep technical work was done by the spec leads and expert groups for the component JSRs, who also deserve thanks:

Sean
Anthony
Mullan
Nadalin
105: XML Digital-Signature APIs
Larry
Thorick
Cable
Chow
173: Streaming API for XML (StAX)
Stuart
Brian
Edmondston
Zotter
181: Web-Services Metadata
Peter von der Ahé 199: Java Compiler API
Gilad Bracha 202: Java Class-File Specification Update
Lance Andersen 221: JDBC 4.0
Kohsuke Kawaguchi 222: Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.0
Mike Grogan 223: Scripting for the Java Platform
Arun
Doug
Gupta
Kohlert
224: Java API for XML-Based Web Services (JAX-WS) 2.0
Rajiv Mordani 250: Common Annotations
Joseph Darcy 269: Pluggable Annotation-Processing API

With that I now hand the lead trainer’s cap to Danny Coward for the next running of the Java SE marathon steeplechase. Good luck, Danny!

Comments:

Congratulations on the new release, good work!

Posted by Dalibor Topic on December 10, 2006 at 10:44 PM PST #

Congratulation everyone!

Posted by M. Mortazavi on December 11, 2006 at 05:28 AM PST #

Congrats on this new release!

Posted by Francois Orsini on December 11, 2006 at 05:46 AM PST #

Yes, congrats! You can see me cheering you on on the "customers" page!

Now, what is the minimum decent period to wait before nagging you about some of my favourite issues such as GZIPOutputStream.flush() and startup-memory tiered-compilation? B\^>

Rgds

Damon

Posted by Damon Hart-Davis on December 12, 2006 at 09:21 PM PST #

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