A long strange trip

Hippie BusAlmost two years ago now, in April 2009, Oracle announced its intention to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion. Little did we know at the time that the deal would not close until January 2010 due to lengthy anti-trust investigations by the US Department of Justice and the European Commission. (Both bodies eventually gave their approval.)

One year on, the process of integrating Sun into Oracle is complete and the long-standing disputes within the Executive Committee (EC) have been brought to a conclusion, though not without casualties.

In December the EC approved JSRs for Java SE 7 and Java SE 8, paving the way for much-needed advancements to the core Java platform. JSRs to advance the Java ME and EE platforms will be filed soon, together with JSRs to modify the JCP's Process Document and Participation Agreement. Also coming soon is a special election to fill three vacant seats on the SE/EE EC.

So - things are moving again after a long period of relative inactivity.

I expect to have much to write about in the coming months, so please watch this space. In the meantime, I encourage you to read the minutes and materials from our Executive Committee meetings (they're published at jcp.org.) This is the best way to follow what's happening within the JCP.

It's good to be back.

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