How ended the latest in Oracles attempt to woo Java communities?
JavaOne ended yesterday with a so-called community keynote. After the usual 30 minutes dedicated to a JavaOne sponsor – this time it was IBM´s Jason McGee´s turn – Oracle’s Java platform product manager Donald Smith called an illustrious group of community representatives on stage.
The community keynote panel included Martijn Verburg of the London Java Community, OpenJDK members John and Deepak Bhole Duimovich, svJugFx leader Stephen Chin and Brazilian SouJava-JUG director Bruno Souza.
The major theme was how the Java community could be more closely
involved in the onward evolution of the Java platform. The
concensus: that participation should be based on three principles ;
vision, innovation and execution. Examples of the type of
involvement we could see – Java user groups, testing Java releases,
and via bug reporting and fixing.
The panel highlighted the new focus on the OpenJDK, and the reform efforts of the Java Community Process as steps in the right direction. There is still a need to broaden reach though, with one suggestion being that particular JUG events are live-streamed to larger audiences, enouraging remote involvement. Tying in with this, an annoucement was made that several JavaOne sessions will be freely available on Parleys.com.
A spontaneous live SMS poll highlighted some of the challenges presented to JUG leaders though. 64% of participants had never attended a JUG event. 17% had only rarely attended, and only 9% attend JUG events on a monthly basis. Lack of time seeming to be the major barrier to greater JUG participation.
Interesting were the results for the OpenJDK project. 25% use OpenJDK, 4% make active contributions, while a whopping 71% are not using OpenJDK. Overall, 64% of the participants wished that the development of Java would move faster.
The session also saw the honoring of this year’s Duke’s Choice Awards winners:
On stage the projects, Rockwell Automation (Innovative Industrial Automation), Sodbeans (Innovative Accessibility Solution) and JHome (Innovative Home Automation) were highlighted.
The other winners this year are Arquillian (Innovative
Integration Testing), dooApp (Innovative Green Technology),
Inductive Automation (Innovative Industrial Software), JFrog
(Innovative Tool for Developers), JRebel (Innovative Compiler for
Java Code), LMAX (Innovative Programming Framework) and Netty
(Innovative Network Programming).
We then saw a performance of the Java Posse, and the announcement that a community member will be chosen to present a Keynote at the next JavaOne.