By Susan Mitchell
A powerful magnet, the JavaOne Conference attracts Java developers from all four corners of the globe. During the conference, when Java Community Process (JCP) members naturally congregate in San
Francisco for the usual conference activities, they are invited to the yearly community event at the Argent Hotel, an easy walk from Moscone.
The three-hour "Java Communities in Action: Celebration of Community Collaboration" event offers JCP members and others the opportunity to mingle with the Jini Community, the JXTA Community,
and the Java.net community counterparts in an informal setting. Personal interactions are fueled by substantial refreshments, an open bar, and lively music. Each community offers short
spotlight presentations, demos on laptops, door prizes, and giveaways while inspiring the 300+ techie people in attendance to exchange ideas and opinions on evolving Java technology.
At this year's event, the JCP showcased excellence within its ranks in an expansion of the annual Java community awards ceremony. The JCP is all about best practices and innovations in both the
specifications that are produced as well as the program itself. Aaron Williams, manager of the JCP Program Management Office (PMO), presented awards to recognize accomplishments over the past year.
These awards highlight the Specification Leads with best practices
and the Java Specification Requests (JSRs) that are most innovative.
By linking a name to an award, the JCP opens up the community to
seek out those responsible and learn at their feet.
The awards – plus the names of the winners and nominees –
are listed in the box to the right. Click on the awards for more
about the winners.
Centuries ago, Voltaire could have been speaking for the JCP when he said, "Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." The JCP
Program, JXTA Community, Jini Community, and Java.net Community can't help but benefit from the informal camaraderie and focused attention that comes from this community event, where time is spent
honoring the best of the best.
For the JCP program, such a meeting of the minds can have the impact of a wild card: unpredictable, but with the potential for sparking significant, practical, far-reaching effects. Members of
one community may cross over into another to add their feedback on a given JSR whether as an expert, community member, or public advocate. Demos shown or success stories shared by one community
can spark ideas for development or implementation in another. And showing appreciation for the hard work of one's own is a good enough reason to carry on a tradition like the annual JCP Program