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2018 JCP Election Results Introduces BNY Mellon as a First-Time Member

The Fall 2018 Java Community Process (JCP) election slate featured eight ratified seats, three elected seats, and one associate seat. The election results, having closed on November 19, 2018, were as follows:

  • Ratified Seats: Alibaba, Goldman Sachs, JetBrains, MicroDoc, SAP SE, Software AG, The Bank of New York Mellon and V2COM
  • Elected Seats: Azul Systems, Eclipse Foundation and London Java Community
  • Associate Seat: Ivar Grimstad

Grimstad received 56% of the votes over Marcus Biel, Joseph Aruja, and the Izmir Java Users Group for the associate seat.

JetBrains, having been elected as a first-time member in a special JCP election in May 2017, was re-elected for another two-year term. When asked about their initial experiences serving on the JCP Executive Committee (EC), Trisha Gee, developer advocate at JetBrains, told InfoQ:

JetBrains was thrilled to be re-elected to the JCP Executive Committee in 2018. We felt that we'd only just begun our work within the JCP over the last year and a half (the first part of which seemed to be dominated by Jigsaw and the Java 9 release). Now we're getting updates to Java every 6 months, we're really keen to see all the changes coming in those releases, and make sure the JCP continues to be relevant with this much faster and more modern release cadence. We also want to do a more around helping developers to understand what the JCP is and how they can get involved in shaping the future of Java.

The newly elected members, serving two year terms, started their tenures on December 4, 2018.

The Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon is a first-time member of the JCP EC. Representing BNY Mellon are Donald Raab, managing director, and Chandra Guntur, director. Raab and Guntur spoke to InfoQ about this latest milestone for BNY Mellon and what they plan to accomplish.

InfoQ: Why is this seat on the executive committee important to BNY Mellon?

Donald Raab: With over 100 million lines of Java code under management, the Java ecosystem is a critical part of the technology stack across the BNY Mellon enterprise. As a member of the JCP EC, we will focus on the continued growth of the Java ecosystem, guided by its everyday usage in BNY Mellon systems.

Chandra Guntur: The JCP brings together the most passionate individuals, user groups, and companies to help ensure Java's future remains bright. We at BNY Mellon are very enthusiastic about Java, and having a seat at the table of the JCP is important for us. We want to advocate for the developer community, especially in regards to the potential impact of language and library changes for those maintaining large Java code bases.

InfoQ: How was BNY Mellon nominated as an executive committee candidate?

Guntur: BNY Mellon was recently nominated to participate in the election for a ratified seat. Several current BNY Mellon technologists have been instrumental in helping to shape the evolution of Java, and prior to joining BNY Mellon, previously served on the JCP too. For example, Donald Raab, a Java Champion, is known in the community for creating the open-source collections framework, Eclipse Collections. Additionally, I help run one of the largest Java User groups - the New York Java SIG.

InfoQ: What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure on the executive committee?

Raab: We are participating in the voting of specifications for enhancements to Java and I am hopeful that OpenJDK projects like Valhalla and Panama will make it into the JDK for upcoming releases - and we are keen on contributing to a few JSRs that are meaningful to BNY Mellon, as well as to the general Java community.

InfoQ: How long have you been with BNY Mellon and what are your current responsibilities?

Raab: I joined BNY Mellon in 2017 and lead the Development Practices organization in the Resilient Systems Engineering team. Prior at BNY Mellon, I was an Instructional Coach and Java Advocate, and worked on an App Dev SWAT team developing solutions in high impact and visibility areas of the bank.

Guntur: I joined BNY Mellon in 2017 and am a lead in the Development Practices team- that involves development best practices, SDLC custom tooling as well as risk and control services. I've held several unique roles at BNY Mellon, that include creating shared services for the enterprise, and core services for a private cloud infrastructure.

InfoQ: As one of the representatives for BNY Mellon on the executive committee, how will this affect your current responsibilities?

Raab: The nomination process for the JCP EC is very competitive and one of the most highly sought-after recognitions in the language programming community. I am honored and privileged to represent BNY Mellon on the JCP EC, and it is one of my core responsibilities.

Guntur: We take our responsibility of being on the JCP EC very seriously. Our collective actions have great impact on the evolution of Java and each JCP EC vote requires tremendous research, discussion, and analysis before a decision is made and submitted for consideration.

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