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(May 29, 2003) - Late last week, Sun Microsystems started briefing everyone on the changes that will be implemented in version 2.6 of the JCP. In this revised version of the JCP are plans to increase both the transparency and the level of involvement in the process. "We want to make the process more transparent" stated Aaron Willams of Sun Microsystems, the Spec Lead for JSR 215. To achieve this, the JCP specifies the addition of the new role of Observer to be added to the process. This should allow community members to "stand in the shallow end," said Aaron Williams. He then went on to explain that this would allow experts who don't have the time to fully participate to still play a role in the process. He also added that it would allows others community members who were not experts to observe and in doing so, be able to see the process before becoming further invo... (more)

No Fluff, Just Stuff: A Just In Time Conference

Last year I was introduced to the No Fluff, Just Stuff (NFJS) Software symposium (www.nofluffjuststuff.com) in Atlanta. It was a high-quality experience in every aspect. The speakers delivered more than technical information, they delivered an insight into what was happening in our industry. The Dallas edition of NFJS (Lone Star Software Symposium) maintained (if not exceeded) this high standard and it too delivered on the promise of a small and very personal experience where participants and presenters mix throughout the three-day event. NFJS was organized by Jay Zimmerman in 2... (more)

Yet Another IDE War

To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here Well, you may have seen the Java Industry Newsletter's hot story, "Eclipse versus NetBeans." As an editor of this fine publication, it's my privilege to see all of our feedback arriving at my inbox. My first reaction was, oh please, not another IDE war. But I dutifully suppressed the urge to delete the e-mails and started to read them. Most of the posts tried to be helpful by offering advice like, "Eclipse rocks, its user interface feels more natural and is very snappy." There were other comments like "NetBeans rocks,... (more)

The Commercialization of Open Source

We've all heard the news: JBoss has received $10 million in funding and now it's time to sit back and mull it over. Without a doubt this infusion of capital is a signal of confidence for JBoss Group. But is this investment a good thing for open source? Not an unimportant question for those of us who have decided to use open source in our enterprise applications. If organizations are just now deciding to use open source, this announcement could cause them to rethink their decision and weigh the possibility that their choice may not be so open as it has been. We do have a few exemp... (more)

WebLogic JRockit 8.1 by BEA Systems

The JRockit engineers made two assumptions when they first designed JRockit. First, server VMs run for a long time and, second, memory is cheap and plentiful. This motto still rings true in BEA's offering of the 8.1 (J2SE 1.4.1_03) version of this product. And, unlike the more familiar JVMs, this VM comes with a face. Acquiring and Installing JRockit JRockit runs on the MS Windows and Red Hat Linux platforms and is available in a 25MB download. The install was as uneventful as all installs should be. As expected, the directory structure followed the standard JDK/JRE structure. T... (more)