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Oracle Introduces New Java Specification Requests to Evolve Java
Community Process
Redwood Shores, Calif. – May17, 2011
News Facts
 To further its commitment to the Java Community Process (JCP), Oracle today
announced it has submitted the first of two Java Specification Requests (JSRs)
to update and revitalize the JCP.
 The new JSRs will define the next iteration of the JCP,, and involve
changes to help broaden transparency of Java technology development, improve
procedures, increase agility and encourage new community participation.
 The JCP consists of over 1,200 individual, corporate and user group members
who together define Java standards and drive the direction of the Java language
and platforms through Expert Groups.
 The suggested revisions will go through the same JSR development
process that is used for Java technologies and will be voted on by the JCP
Executive Committee (EC) before being accepted.
 The proposed JSRs will modify the JCP's processes and "constitution" - the
Process Document and Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) and
will apply to all new JSRs and to future maintenance releases of existing JSRs
for all Java platforms.
 JSR 1 will produce a new version of the JCP Process document and a
formalized Executive Committee Members' Guide and is expected to be
completed and approved within about six months. Some changes include:
o Requiring all Expert Group (EG) operations to be carried out in public
o Increasing the transparency of the recruiting process for Expert Group
members to ensure that all applications are fairly considered.
o Exploring ways to enable all JCP members to participate in EC activities
through public teleconferences, meetings, e-mail aliases and discussion
o Determining how to disclose TCK testing process results, for example
publishing lists of compatible implementations on and by removing
any barriers to the disclosure of test results.
 JSR 2, which Oracle will submit to the JCP shortly, will involve
modifications to the JSPA and is expected to take 12-18 months to complete.
Supporting Quote
 “In the past few months, Oracle and other partners in the Java Community
Process have driven a revitalization of Java technology and standards with the
approval of the JSRs for Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 and 8, as well as
Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7. Now with the submission of the first JSR for, we are ready to begin the evolution of the Java Community Process
itself, making it easier for both individuals and organizations to participate in the
process,” said Patrick Curran, chair of the JCP and director of the JCP's Program
Management Office.
Supporting Resources
 Java Community Process
 JCP Program Office Blog
Patrick Curran Blog
About Oracle
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Contact Info
Letty Ledbetter
[email protected]
Jacki DeCoster
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