By Susan Mitchell
The IT industry continues to weather difficult times, but if the Java
Community Process sm (JCP sm) program were the only point of reference,
it would be hard to realize the economy was storming. The rate at which
companies are joining the JCP and that Java tm Specification Requests
(JSRs) are being submitted continues unabated, moving innovations
forward. Moreover, the JCP program has proposed enhancements to the
program that will grant unprecedented increases in community access and
collaboration, such as adding an observer expert group membership
category and requiring more frequent updates to the developer community.
Onno Kluyt, director of the JCP program management office (PMO),
looks forward to helping the Java community interact at the numerous
JCP functions to be held during the JavaOne sm Conference 2003. One
of his goals for the JCP program events is to "to have the community
meet itself, to add to the sense of community, of striving for a common
goal." In particular, Wednesday night's community event, Thursday's BOF
session, and the expert group meeting room enable community
members to meet each other, the PMO and JCP Executive Committee (EC)
JCP members and developers who build applications that use Java
specifications will find it useful to attend JCP functions such as the
Wednesday night community event for insights into what the JCP program
is, what it does, and where it is driving the technology evolution. EC
and Rob Gingell, Sun fellow and JCP program chair, will be on hand, as
well as various spec leads, including those who are drafting the next
versions of the J2ME tm, J2SE tm, and J2EE tm platforms. It will be easy
to spot the best of the best: an award will be given to the best spec
lead and the most innovative JSR drafted in the last year.
This year the JCP program's annual Wednesday night community event is
being held simultaneously and adjacent to the Jini Fest! and
the JXTA Project Town Hall community meetings so that developers can
check out three communities in action during a two-hour window. "This
is an interesting opportunity for developers to compare and contrast,
to see what goes on in these three communities that Sun leads -- the
different technologies they create, the different ways they are
organized, and who is involved," says Kluyt.
All the JCP program events at JavaOne 2003 add up to a dynamic proof
of concept: the JCP is a thriving collaboration forum that is determined
to "cooperate on development, compete on implementations" in order to
drive innovations in Java technology. Participate in the process that
is rocking the developer world and impacting global businesses.
JCP activities at JavaOne 2003 include:
- JCP Pod
Speakers: Representatives of the JCP PMO will be on hand
Invited: JavaOne attendees, current JCP members, experts and spec
leads, and anyone interested in becoming a JCP member
When/Where: Tuesday-Thursday June 10-12, Pavilion, pod at Sun's booth
Follow JCP signs for a self-guided Pavilion tour of JCP EC members
and their technologies. JCP members, experts and spec leads, pick up
JCP program ribbons to add to your JavaOne attendee badges.
- Expert Group Meeting Room
Invited: JCP expert groups
When/Where: Tuesday-Thursday June 10-12, Cornell Room, Argent Hotel,
50 Third Street
A meeting room for JCP expert groups provided by the PMO for use on a
first come, first served basis. Sign up at the room, or contact Liz
Cadd, JSR program manager.
- Technical Session "An Independent Look at the Java Community
ProcessSM Program BUS-3294"
Speakers: Frank Sommers of JavaWorld as panel facilitator, Rob
Gingell as panelist
Invited: JavaOne attendees
When/Where: Wednesday June 11, 12:15 pm, Moscone Esplanade 303/305
A panel discussion on the JCP program and the Java language.
- Java Community Event: "Java Communities in Action: A Celebration of
Speakers: Rob Gingell, Onno Kluyt, JCP EC member panel, Liz Cadd, and
simultaneous speakers at Jini Fest! and Project JXTA Town Hall.
Invited: JCP, Jini, and JXTA communities and all Java developers who
are interested in these communities
When/Where: Wednesday June 11, 6:00 pm, Fourth Floor, Renaissance Parc
55 Hotel, Market & Fifth Streets
Opening Remarks by Rob Gingell, reception appetizers/drinks, JCP
awards. Breakout sessions for an EC panel discussion and overview of
JCP and a workshop for JCP experts and spec leads. Plus, Jini Fest! and
Project JXTA Town Hall.
- Press Round Table
Speakers: Rob Gingell, Onno Kluyt, and EC members
Invited: Java developer reporters and analysts
When/Where: Thursday June 12, 3:00 pm, Moscone
An informal round table discussion on the JCP program.
- JCP Program Update BOF-1638
Speakers: Onno Kluyt, Heather VanCura, Aaron Williams, Joe Strzemp
Invited: JavaOne attendees
When/Where: Thursday June 12, 9:30 pm, Concordia Room, Argent Hotel,
50 Third Street
Open format discussion of the purpose of the JCP program, how to
influence the future of Java technology, and the latest program
updates to increase community access and collaboration.
For more information:
See JSR 215, JCP version 2.6
JCP 2.6 press release announcement
Java Communities in Action invite
JavaOne Conference site