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London Java Community secures two more years on Java steering committee

The annual Java Community Process (JCP) election results are in, and both Twitter and ARM have emerged victorious, gaining seats on the all important Java steering committee. The 3000 member strong London Java Community (LJC) is also celebrating, having secured a further two years on the executive committee responsible for mapping out future versions of Java.

JCP members are voted in on either a “ratified” or “elected” basis. Ratified members tend to be those with a big stake in Java’s future, for example IBM, Fujitsu, and Hewlett-Packard, whilst Elected members can be a little more of a mixed bunch. Both Twitter and ARM are on the JCP as Elected members, Twitter for two years, and ARM for one.

Twitter’s recent transition from Ruby on Rails to the veteran platform probably goes a long way to explain why it now holds a keen interest in the future of Java. In ARM’s case, their dependence on Java for their CPU designs is a clear driving factor.

Speaking at the JAX London 2013 event yesterday, LJC co-organiser and self-titled ‘Diabolical Developer' Martijn Verburg told JAXenter that the re-election meant “quite a lot” to the growing UK group.

He said that it has “validated all the work we have done with the community in terms of bringing developers back into the process”, adding that the group was “really excited that the whole Java ecosystem has seen our work and wants us to continue that work.”

Not everyone is a fan of the JCP though. It's been referred to as a “kind of a fake zombie body”, and has also been criticised for an apparent lack of transparency. The JCP has however been working hard to reinvigorate itself as something that Java users will find valuable - and folks like the LJC have had an active role in this process.

Going forward, the LJC is planning to continue this work for “Java 9, 10, and everything else going forwards.” Community leaders are also planning to focus strongly on practical workshops to help Oracle and others decide what can go into new incarnations of Java and.

Finally, as Martijn says, the LJC will continue to work with “real developers” to ensure that the people who depend on Java can give their feedback early, and have a real say in where Oracle “can take Java next”.






Lucy Carey

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