The first phase of the 2007 Java Community Process (JCP) elections is under way, providing developers a chance to influence the future directions of Java standards.
The Java Community Process (JCP) is Sun's officially-blessed standards body that guides the evolution of standard Java APIs (JSR). The JCP is made up of two executive committees (EC), one devoted to Java SE/EE, and the other to Java ME.
Each year, some members of the executive boards are up for election by the community. In the first phase of the JCP elections, the community votes on Sun's nominees, while the second phase invites nominations from the broader community. According to the JCP program office:
The EC members guide the evolution of the Java technologies. The EC represents a cross-section of both major stakeholders and other members of the Java Community. Duties are: select JSRs for development, approve draft Specifications for Public Review, approve Final Specifications, review TCK appeals, approve Maintenance revisions and possibly defer some features to a new JSR, approve transfer of maintenance duties between members and provide guidance to the Program Management Office (PMO).
This year, the Apache Software Foundation, Borland, Google, Nortel, Red Hat on the EE/SE side, and Intel, DoCoMo, RIM, Orange, and Samsung, on the ME side, are up for re-election. Voting is open to developers who join the JCP.
Now that Sun open-sourced the JDK and Java EE, what would you like the JCP to focus on in the coming year?