As you hopefully already know, in May of this year, the LJC was voted onto the Executive Committee for Java SE / EE.

There’s a blog post about it here: https://londonjavacommunity.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/the-jcp-reform-and-what-it-means-for-the-java-developer/ if you missed the announcement and would like to find out more about what all of this means.

One of the first activities we’ve been involved in is the final vote to approve Java SE 7 as a standard. Based on the overall feeling of our membership, we voted “Yes” with this comment:

“The LJC votes Yes to the JSR for SE 7 based on its technical merit and our very strong desire to get Java moving again.

We note that the archives for some of the Expert Groups that comprise this JSR have not yet been made public, despite a promise from Oracle to do so. We do not feel that this is appropriate for a public and open standards body. In particular, Oracle’s silence as to why the archives have not been made public is harmful to community participation, i.e. the community has no access to historical technical discussions, which are vital for participating in future Java language initiatives.

Going forward, we are unlikely to support any JSRs that do not meet minimum standards of transparency.”

We feel that the cause of advancing Java is too important to hold up – and the JCP doesn’t really provide us with a mechanism for delaying a vote.