JavaOne 2011 Wrap-up
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The JCP Community Loves a Good Party
The JCP community gathered with unusual promptness at six o?clock Tuesday night. There was plenty to celebrate in the successful launch of important JSRs, the finalizing of JCP.next, and the EC addition of users? perspective through the special election of new JUG members.
The biggest clue came when Heather VanCura, the PMO Group Manager, announced the program awards. People clapped and cheered as she read the list of nominees and revealed the winners.
The Outstanding Spec Lead award went to John Rose of Oracle ?for his excellence in ensuring consensus across the community -- both EG members and the wider JVM language community.? John responded, ?I?m very honored, and I totally admire and respect my colleagues and co-nominees, Alex and Mark. I?m pleased that with all these years of working on Java we can help it reach new heights.?
The community was expecting three awards, but John Rizzo of Aplix stepped forward to announce a fourth. On behalf of the EC, John granted an honorary Community Leadership Award to Patrick Curran for his work as Spec Lead of JSR 348. John said, ?It wasn?t easy, like herding cats, and dealing with a lot of conflict held over from years past. Patrick did a fabulous job mediating all that and handlng the emotions of all the companies.? The community affirmed the news, clapping loud and long. At last Patrick was able to say, ?This is unexpected, but thank you. I look forward to more to come.?
Read more about the ninth annual JCP Program Award winners and nominess here: http://jcp.org/en/press/news/awards/2011award_nominees
All guests left with more than they?d arrived with. The business card of someone they?d just met. A JCP badge ribbon, an updated Java reference book, a Duke-adorned microfiber screen cleaner. A promise that the coming year in the community would hold even more openness and transparency.