Today’s Java Community Keynote honored recipients of this year’s Duke’s Choice awards including the London Java Community for its innovative Adopt a JSR program. James Gosling showed of Liquid Robotics’ new robot, Wave Glider, that harnesses ocean wave energy. Other recipients included the Apache Hadoop project, AgroSense, Duchess, NATO, and Parleys.com. This year’s student winner is Ram Kashyap.
In the middle of this year, Oracle launched a new process called the JDK Enhancement Process, or JEP for short. What is it all about?
The Apache Harmony PMC initiated a vote earlier this week to begin the process of moving the codebase into the Apache Attic and disbanding the PMC. With 18 for and 2 against, the result will be that the Apache Harmony project will be wound up and placed in the Attic for posterity.
The OpenJDK Community Bylaws have been ratified, with 70 votes in favour, no votes against, and nine abstentions. 61 of the votes in favour were from Oracle employees.
Oracle has announced that the JavaSE 7 governing JSR (336) has passed the public review ballot. Google voted against the vote, Werner Keil abstained, and no vote was received from Credit Suisse. Many others adding their concerns regarding the ongoing licensing dispute between Sun/Oracle and Apache.
Mark Reinhold introduced the second public draft of the OpenJDK Community Bylaws last week, clearing the way for OpenJDK 8 projects to begin.
With Java 7 now feature complete, Oracle is asking for input from the community for the next release, scheduled for late 2012. We take a look at what is likely to be in, and the overall direction of travel for Java 8.
Oracle's Mark Reinhold has announced that the JDK 7 Developer Preview build (milestone 12) is now available and the firm is keen to hear developer feedback. The majority of Java IDEs are also moving rapidly to support the new features of Java 7. However concern has been expressed in some quarters over the pre-release software evaluation license terms.
Oracle has issued a first draft set of the bylaws that it hopes will guide the processes of the OpenJDK. These governance issues were originally supposed to have been solved by the OpenJDK interim governance board, which Sun created in May 2007, but despite an extension the board was unable to complete the work.
The JDK 7 project says it has shipped the first feature complete build of JDK 7, tracking close to the expected schedule.
Long plagued by controversy, Sun's attempts to modularise the Java platform saw more positive reactions from the JavaOne crowd.
In the two years since its creation, the OpenJDK Governance Board has failed to deliver the Constitution for the OpenJDK Community which it was set-up to produce, and two of the seven positions on the board have never been filled. Despite this Sun Microsystems has now extended the life of the board for another twelve months as it switches focus back to constitutional issues.
Following up from an earlier post about modularising the JDK (which InfoQ covered earlier), Mark Reinhold posted the announcement of Project Jigsaw as part of the OpenJDK. Is this the death of JSR277?
Andrew John Hughes, one of the OpenJDK Innovators' Challenge finalists, has posted a multi-part comparison of the interface between OpenJDK, GNU Classpath, and their respective virtual machine implementations.