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.
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
You can get involved in the JCP in three ways:
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,
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:
As part of the nomination and election process, Borland provided the following abstract:
David Intersimone "David I"
Vice President, Developer Relations
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