The OSGi Alliance is working on a Promises specification which will provide CompletableFutures that can run all the way back to Java 1.4. Tim explains why this is of benefit and how it compares to Java 8, along with where you can find out more information about the project and how it can be used both inside and outside an OSGi framework.
Andreas talks about the benefits of the Open Web and how it compares with proprietary closed-stacks. He also talks about various projects like Boot to Gecko, Broadway, pdf.js and more, that bring the web platform in a whole new level.
Patrick Curran and Geir Magnusson discuss the role played by the standardization process and the lessons taken from the open source movement, one key aspect being related to reference implementations that are required from spec leaders.
In this interview, recorded at QCon London, Stefan Tilkov talks to Paul Downey, Chief Web Services Architect for BT, about Web services standards, Paul's work in the XML Databinding working group, WS-* vs. REST, and cool stuff BT offers to developers.