Oracle's Comments On JCP EC Nominations
By pelegri on Oct 26, 2010
Last week the JCP released the List of Candidates to the JCP Executive Committee. Since then, Oracle has issued a couple of comments and, given the interest in the topic, I'm copying them below.
"There has been quite a lot of discussion over the past week about our JCP EC nomination. We thought we would offer our perspective. We nominated Hologic, as with Credit Suisse earlier, to inject some much needed Java end-user and business perspective into the Executive Committee, as opposed to standards, technologist, technology vendor, and developer community perspectives - all of which are already well represented. Those roles also overlap, as we have well-recognized technologists, like Josh Bloch, who are also representing vendor interests. JCP members may disagree with the need for more end-user perspective on the EC, but we think it's an important view that has been underrepresented to date. Having the perspective of a company whose business depends on Java technology -- not as a technology vendor, but as an informed consumer of Java technology -- is valuable."
Then, in a separate statement, Oracle commented on Doug's absence and Java SE 7 and 8:
"Oracle highly values Doug Lea's contributions to Java and hopes to continue to engage him in the community moving forward. We were disappointed with his decision to not seek another term on the JCP Executive Committee. We believe that the EC is ready to move Java SE 7 and 8 forward, and we will be submitting those specification requests very shortly. With the specification requests for SE 7 and 8 in place, the JCP's normal mechanisms for advancing Java - technical work going on in expert groups, subject to EC approval - will be functioning again. Although we are committed to improving the JCP, we also believe that the JCP is fully capable of supporting vigorous debate and deep involvement and contributions from a variety of individual and corporate participants, and we feel confident that the vast majority of EC members would agree."