A tale of two cities
By Patrick Curran on Apr 04, 2011
I recently returned from conferences in London and Las Vegas.
At the QCon conference in London I hosted a panel discussion on The JCP and the future of Java with Jerome Dochez (GlassFish Architect from Oracle,) Peter Pilgrim (Java Champion and former JUG leader,) Stephen Colbourne (Java Champion and JSR 310 Spec Lead,) Ben Evans (author and JUG leader) and Mark Little (JCP Executive Committee member from RedHat.) The session was well-attended, and the discussion was mostly focused on technical matters rather than - as in previous years - on "what's wrong with the JCP." I took this as a positive sign.
After the panel I recorded a video interview with Charles Humble from InfoQ in which we discussed the history of the JCP, where we are now, and where we're going. You can view it here
From London I flew to
Paris Las Vegas for the ServerSide
Symposium. In addition to an Ask the Oracle Executives panel I participated
in another panel discussion with the more provocative title The
Java Community Process: What's
Broken and How to Fix It. My fellow-panelists were James Gosling (who
of course needs no introduction) and Reza Rahman (author and JCP Expert Group
member for Java EE 6 and EJB 3.1.)
The moderator - Cameron McKenzie, Editor in Chief of the ServerSide.com - asked some tough questions but ensured that the discussion was fair and balanced. (You can read summaries here and here.) There was plenty of audience participation, and two concerns emerged clearly: the need for greater transparency and for more participation from the developer community.
Not coincidentally, these are two of the main themes we'll be pursuing as we proceed with our plans to modify the JCP's processes. More on that in the next post.