Hi all,

As many of you will have heard, the LJC has nominated itself for one of the open seats on the Java SE/EE executive committee (for details you can visit the nominations page).

So why does the LJC want to sit at the table with Oracle, IBM, Red Hat etc?

This is an important time for the global Java community. The JVM continues to rapidly evolve and with Java 7 we have forward momentum for the language itself. Oracle has stated many times that they wish to see Java remain the #1 platform and the LJC would also like to see this!

The London Java Community is a particularly diverse community of Java technology enthusiasts drawing upon a wide variety of experiences. The London Java Community is a particularly diverse community of Java technology enthusiasts drawing upon a wide variety of experiences. We count amongst our members:

  • JVM language implementors

  • open source committers and project leads

  • Engineers representing Java ecosystem vendors (Red Hat, Oracle, Atlassian, IBM and many more.
  • Many day-to-day commercial Java developers (representing finance, insurance, media, telcos + more)

  • JVM language enthusiasts (we have Scala, Groovy, Clojure groups)

  • Students

  • Academics

  • Start-up developers

  • And a whole heap of others

So we believe that we are uniquely placed to represent a variety of concerns. However, as a community we explicitly prejudice some concerns above others.

It has become quite clear that the open source model of development (and the corresponding open communities) drive technology forward quickly. It also drives forward open, practical standards that benefit all of us in the ecosystem.

We will strongly push for and put our support behind openness within the JCP and within each JSR.

As we put from our official position statement:

“We have the best general purpose virtual machine in the world, and its Open. We want to build on this, who wants to come with?”

We welcome questions in the comments section below, especially if you are a JCP member who is thinking of voting in the election :-)

Cheers,
Martijn Verburg (on behalf of the LJC)

Twitter: @karianna @java7developer

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