The results are in for the JCP 2012 elections, with the London Java Community re-elected and PaaS provider CloudBees being elected for the first time in the open vote. Following the vote, the SE/EE and ME Executive Committees will be merged into a single Executive Committee, which will start to focus on the thorny matter of IP issues.
JRuby 1.7.0 now defaults to Ruby 1.9 mode and supports almost all of 1.9's features. On recent JVM implementations that support invokedynamic, using JRuby 1.7 can increase application performance.
At JavaOne 2012 in a panel session around the future of Java EE, the audience were keen to know whether or not WADL should be a standard part of JAX-RS. Although the panel were unable to agree, the audience appeared to be more pro WADL than against. So is this a good thing or is WADL still considered unnecessary for successful REST?
Dagger is a new dependency injection framework for the Android environment. It offers a subset of features of Google Guice (some of the developers work on both projects) but focuses on a lightweight solution in order to offer better performance. Dagger also attempts to report binding errors during compile time instead of run time.
Following refactoring work carried out over the summer to simplify and refine the API, JSR 310, the long running Java Specification Request led by Stephen Colebourne to replace Java's complex date APIs, has been added to the feature list for Java 8. It is expected to arrive in January 2013’s milestone 6 release.
In a move that is becoming rather familiar, Oracle has announced that it is looking to reduce the scope of Java EE 7 in order to keep development on track, by deferring PaaS and multi-tenancy support to Java EE 8.
The first in a new regular feature where we report on the results of the monthly meetings of the Java Community Process.
With WebSockets now a W3C Candidate Recommendation and a new JSR about to start in the JCP, the question arises about how and if WebSockets work with the principles of REST? Do they compliment each other, or will WebSockets, as some people believe, divert attention away from REST and towards a new style of interaction for the Web? There is even the suggestion that WebSockets "breaks the Web".
Date4j is a minimalistic library for handling dates in Java offering very high precision (nanoseconds) and configurable options for month overflows.
Twitter and Azul Systems have been elected to serve on the JCP Executive Committee for Java SE/EE, on voting percentages of 32% and 19% respectively. Both firms have also joined the OpenJDK project. VMware is no longer represented.
Yesterday at JavaOne, the Apache Foundation announced the availability of the Apache TomEE stack, a Java EE 6 Web Profile Compatible Implementation.
Distributed caching is the tip of the spear for performance, yet Java does not have a standard API. JSR-107 has gained some notoriety over the years because its old yet not done. Given the increased demand for caching, it seems JSR-107 will finally see the light of day, and be part of Java EE 7. InfoQ caught up with Greg Luck, JSR-107 specification and Ehcache lead developer to discuss.
A view to the future after project Lambda has been shared on the Lambda-Dev mailing list, hinting at a more functional Java in future with the possibility of functional types post Java 8.
Oracle have announced a public review for JCP.next, which aims to increase transparency by forcing discussions to happen in the open and use publicly viewable issue trackers. However, it does not address the key issues with the JSPA which led to complaints about the JCP earlier this year.