A Sip From The Firehose: 10/05/2001 - Borland and the Java Community Process

By: David Intersimone

Abstract: In this edition of his column, David I writes about the Java Community Process and Borland's involvement in the Executive Committee.

Friday, October 5, 2001
Scotts Valley, CA

Borland - A Proud Member of the Java Community Process and Executive Committee

Borland has been a licensee of Java since 1995. For the past 6 years, we have been an active partner with Sun Microsystems supporting Java as a development platform vendor and as an original member of Executive Committee (EC) of the Java Community Process (JCP). The JCP is an open organization of members that work together to evolve the Java platform. The JCP charter is to develop and revise Java specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits. As everyone knows, Sun Microsystems created Java and the JCP and worked with developers and licensees to create a formal community process. JCP is management by the Process Management Office (PMO) within Sun Microsystems. The PMO is a group that manages the daily operations of the program. You'll find more background information about the JCP program at http://www.jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/background.html. There is also a FAQ available for the JCP at http://www.jcp.org/introduction/faq/index.jsp.

You can get involved in the JCP in three ways:

    1) Expert - join an expert group and work on the specification.
    2) Member - create JSRs, work on expert groups, review and comment on specifications.
    3) Public - everyone can review and comment on specifications.

Two JCP Executive Committees (EC), one for J2SE/J2EE and one for J2ME, guide the evolution of Java. Each EC has members chosen by the Java Community. Sun Microsystems maintains a permanent seat on each of the ECs. The EC is responsible for: 1) selecting Java Specification Requests (JSRs) for development by the community process, 2) approval of specification drafts before they enter a public review period, 3) final approval of specifications, 4) decisions on appeals of TCK test challenges, 5) review of maintenance revisions to specifications, and 6) providing guidance to the PMO.

Tony de la Lama, vice president and general manager of Java solutions for Borland, told me,

    "By participating as an Executive Committee member of the JCP we are ensuring that the requirements of the Borland customer is heard at all levels of Java standards creation. Having open and agreed upon Java standards will provide businesses with a reliable and fully supported enterprise computing platform for many years to come."

Current Executive Committee for J2SE/J2EE

SE/EE EC MemberRepresentativeE-mail addressTerm ends
AccentureMichel K. Bowmanmichel.k.bowman@accenture.com2001
Apache Software FoundationJason Hunterjhunter@apache.org2001
AppleJun Hanjunhan@apple.com2002
BEA SystemsEd Cobbed.cobb@bea.com2002
BorlandTony de la Lamatdelalama@borland.com2001
Caldera SystemsDarren Davisdrdavis@calderasystems.com2001
Cisco SystemsKrishna Sankarksankar@cisco.com2002
Compaq Computer CorporationD J Powersdj.powers@compaq.com2002
Fujitsu LimitedMasahiko Naritamasahiko.narita@jp.fujitsu.com2003
Hewlett-PackardScott Jamesonscott.jameson@gte.net2003
IBMGraham Barbergraham_barber@uk.ibm.com2003
IONA TechnologiesPatrick O'Brienpatrick.obrien@iona.com2002
Doug LeaDoug Leadl@cs.oswego.edu2003
OracleDon Deutschdeutsch@acm.org2003
Sun MicrosystemsGraham Hamiltonkgh@eng.sun.com-
WebGainTed Farrellted.farrell@webgain.com2001

Current Executive Committee for J2ME

ME EC MemberRepresentativeE-mail addressTerm ends
BEA SystemsDan Fishmandanf@bea.com2003
Cisco SystemsKrishna Sankarksankar@cisco.com2002
EricssonDavid Metcalfedavid.metcalfe@ericsson.com2002
IBMPaul Buckbuck@ca.ibm.com2002
InsigniaJeff Arnstjeff.arnst@insignia.com2001
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.Ikuo Minakatamin@isl.mei.co.jp2003
MotorolaAnne-Marie Larkinanne-marie.larkin@motorola.com2003
NokiaPentti Savolainenpentti.savolainen@nokia.com2002
PalmPhil Shoemakerpshoemak@palm.com2003
PhilipsJon Piesingjon@prl.research.philips.com2002
Research In MotionAnthony Scianascian@rim.net2001
Siemens AGLothar Borrmannjcp@mchp.siemens.de2003
SonyYuji Kohgakohga@rd.sony.co.jp2001
Sun MicrosystemsTim Lindholmtimothy.lindholm@eng.sun.com-
Wind RiverJoerg Bertholdtjoerg.bertholdt@windriver.com2001
Zucotto WirelessDariusz Otrebadariusz.otreba@zucotto.com2001

JCP Executive Committee 2001 Elections Are Underway

The JCP EC Elections 2001 are now underway. The EC election is one way that JCP members can take an active part in the future of Java. News about the election is available at http://www.jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/news/election01.html. More information about the election can be found at http://www.jcpelection2001.org/jcp/overview. To participate in the voting you must be a JCP voting member.

Each year the PMO nominates community members to fill the vacant seats. Eligible members vote to ratify each nominee over the 14-day voting period, that began at 9 AM PT, Monday, October 1st, and runs through Midnight PT, Monday, October 15th. Nominees are ratified by a simple majority of the community members that cast votes. This year's nominees for the two Executive Committees are:

Standard / Enterprise Edition Executive Committee
  • Apache Software Foundation
  • Borland Software Corporation
  • Caldera Systems
Ratified Seats - Micro Edition Executive Committee
  • Insignia Solutions
  • Research In Motion, LTD (RIM)
  • SONY International (Europe) GmbH

Borland Nominee-Provided Qualification Abstract

As part of the nomination and election process, Borland provided the following abstract:

    Borland is a leading provider of professional e-business solutions for organizations that demand a vendor independent J2EE-based implementation platform that supports rapid time to market, high productivity, performance and availability. An original licensee of the Java platform in 1995, Borland is current licensee of all major Java 2 platforms (J2ME, J2EE, J2SE) and has made many key contributions to this widely adopted computing platform. Borland was an original author, with Sun, of the JavaBeans specification and was instrumental in bringing the first Java 2 implementation to the Linux platform. Borland is a founding member of the Executive Committee (EC) of JCP and was elected to EC in October of 2000. Borland continues to contribute to the evolution of the Java platform through its position on the EC, as well as its contribution on expert groups for many JSRs over the past year. Founded in 1983, Borland is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, with operations worldwide.


Java Community Process Home Page http://www.jcp.org/
JCP Background Information http://www.jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/background.html
JCP FAQ http://www.jcp.org/introduction/faq/index.jsp
JCP Members http://www.jcp.org/participation/members/
Joining the JCP http://www.jcp.org/participation/membership/index.jsp
JSR Overview http://www.jcp.org/jsr/overview/index.jsp
JCP Community Resources http://www.jcp.org/resources/contents/index.jsp
Borland JCP EC Election 2000 Press Release http://www.borland.com/about/press/2000/java_community.html

Go Java! Get Involved! Go Borland!

David Intersimone "David I"
Vice President, Developer Relations

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