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2004 JCP Awards Ceremony
Most Innovative JSR for J2ME Platform

 
And the winner is...
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Apache
IBM
Doug Lea
Bill Pugh
 
Joshua Bloch (Sun)
Roberto Chinnici (Sun)
Linda DeMichiel (Sun)
Mark Hornick (Oracle)
 
Tolga Capin (Nokia)
Zhiqun Chen (Sun)
Jon Ellis (Sun)
Roger Riggs (Sun)
Mark Young (Sun)
 
JSR 166 Concurrency Utilities
Enterprise JavaBeansTM 3.0
The Groovy Programming Language
 
Wireless Messaging API 2.0
Content Handler API
Advanced Multimedia
Supplements

Digital Set Top Box Profile
 

The Most Innovative JSR on the J2ME Platform side was selected from four nominees:
  • JSR 205 Wireless Messaging API 2.0
  • JSR 211 Content Handler API
  • JSR 234 Advanced Multimedia Supplements - Winner
  • JSR 242 Digital Set Top Box Profile - "On Ramp to OCAP"

"Features in the API are so innovative that they don't even exist in native devices yet. We have to try to simplify somewhat so that the average developer who doesn't have a degree in acoustics and music can use it and do what he likes to do."
Antti Rantalahti, Spec Lead for JSR 234 Advanced Multimedia Supplements, Most Innovative JSR, J2ME Platform

Antti Rantalahti, a senior research engineer at Nokia Corporation, served as spec lead of JSR 234, the winning candidate. He says the features in the API "are so innovative that they don't even exist in native devices yet."

Camera phones and other devices would benefit from multimedia features, including:

- sophisticated imaging control to permit adjustments in lighting, contrast, white balance, and so on

- 3D audio to enable the perception that sounds originate from specific locations in space, and

- radio tuning to FM and AM frequencies.

Rantalahti is determined that "sophisticated" will not mean complicated and confusing. The technology is "really complex. We have to try to simplify somewhat so that the average developer who doesn't have a degree in acoustics and music can use it and do what he likes to do. I'm really happy if we end up with a JSR that pretty much anyone can use."

When it comes to technology, Rantalahti goes for the leading edge. As for his future goals within the JCP, he wants to do "something even more innovative!" What that idea might be was left open to the imagination when he melted back into the throng of developers chatting over plates of sushi, stuffed mushrooms, tortellini, and cold beer.