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Hi all,

After much thought and consideration the LJC JCP Committee have cast their votes for the JCP elections (Look for the Executive Committee Elections heading at  We’re making our vote public and will give our reasons according to the openness and transparency requirements for the committee.

The list of nominees for the SE/EE seats and the ME seats are as follows:

There were 3 ratified seats and 2 open seats up for election in both the ME and SE/EE ECs.  Although it may seem like the ratified seats are shoe-ins since to the number of candidates == the number of available seats, enough no votes can make a candidate ineligible to take the seat.

SE/EE Ratified Seat Vote

Ericsson AB, Intel and SAP all get yes votes – they are important players in the Java ecosystem and in Ericsson’s case we are also looking to the future of the combined SE/EE/ME EC, where mobile expertise will be required.

SE/EE Open Seat Vote

This was a very close vote as the strength of candidates was unprecedented. Azul Systems and Twitter Inc narrowly ran out as winners for our yes votes with CloudBees losing out by the narrowest of margins.

So despite not getting our vote this time around, a special mention goes out to Steve Harris of CloudBees.  We’d like to thank him for his amazing work at Oracle with JEE and look forward to seeing what his leadership will bring for the EE ecosystem working at CloudBees.

ME Ratified Seat Vote

IBM and Nokia get yes votes as they large global players and have been active participants in the ME EC

SK Telecom receive a no vote because of their attendance and participation record.

ME Open Seat Vote

ARM and Alex Terrazas get our yes votes.

  • ARM because it is vital that Java has a strong story to tell with regards to ARM chipsets.
  • Alex because he’s bought real effort and a breath of fresh air into an ME EC that was largely full of absent members.  His expertise in the embedded space and unusual applications of that (biological interfaces) brings a much needed technical slant to the ME EC.


Although the Committee has voted for and endorsed these particular candidates, any LJC member who is also a JCP member can (and no doubt will) vote any way they wish to.


Martijn (on behalf of the LJC JCP committee – Ben E, Martijn V, Trisha G, James G, Richard W, Simon M, Mike B, Somay N)

A couple of weeks ago we (Trisha and Martijn) were fortunate enough to represent the LJC at JavaOne in San Francisco.  There has already been a lot said about JavaOne 2011 (and our talks etc there), so this post will focus on the LJC activities. There were two main areas for us to focus on:

  1. Our seat on the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee (EC) gave us opportunities to meet the right people in order to discuss the high level problems facing the Java platform today.
  2. Getting to know the other Java User Groups (JUGs) that are out there, learn from what they’re doing and tell them about the cool stuff we get up to!

After User Group and community Sunday, which had several sessions on both user groups and the JCP, it was clear that the involvement of two major communities (us and the Brazilian JUG – SouJava) in the JCP EC had woken people up.  We both had many conversations with people from organisations who had previously seen the JCP as largely irrelevant, but now were not only taking notice but contemplating getting involved themselves!

It’s pure speculation, of course, but it seems that our involvement along with SouJava’s sparked a number of the current list of candidates to nominate themselves.

Oracle provided plenty of opportunities to get to know all the players in the JCP, and they were also trying their best to understand the ecosystem of the community.  There were sessions, lunches, BOFs and dinners giving us plenty of opportunities to mingle, get to know people and share ideas. And lots of free drink.  We like to think that the Developer Sessions have provided us with the training required to maintain a professional, technically-minded conversation after a small glass or two :-).

It was great to be nominated for the JCP awards, and we got a nice nod from a couple of the winners who acknowledged that we’d shaken things up in the space in a good way.

The Thursday keynote brought together a lot of the themes from the week around community, Martijn represented us up on stage.  We announced the intent to launch our ‘Adopt a JSR’ program globally across all JUGs and other organisations which was well received by the crowd and generally extolled people to join their local JUG and make things happen. It was a really great way to round off the conference, to highlight that ultimately without us, the developers, the whole platform would be pretty pointless.

People were genuinely impressed with the number of members we have in the LJC (over 1900) and even more so by the numbers who actively participate, either coming to events or on the mailing list (or both).  It made us feel proud to be part of such an active and diverse community.

However it did get us thinking about even more things we could do – in particular, lots of these people want to see the cool events we organise and get involved even though they’re not in London.  It’s something we’ve always wanted to provide but seems like a lot of work, but we’re hoping to make this happen with streaming and /or recordings of our events via

The other thing that inspired us was being present at two different live podcast events.  We’re totally excited about the whole podcast thing, even though listening to one on Trisha’s way to work would probably result in Certain Death for her (she bikes to work).  It’s a great way to build a community. Literally having a voice and a tone is a great way to engage people.  It’s a natural extension of the aggregated blogs (which, incidentally, people we spoke to loved). Needless to say our first podcast will be coming soon!

What the LJC can take away from JavaOne is:

  1. Oracle is definitely committed to regular, on-time big-number releases for the Java platform, and have a reasonable release plan with rough ideas of what could be in 8 and 9.
  2. Java has a community that other languages can only dream of (that’s us), and Oracle is also keen to support that.
  3. The JCP, after years of floundering in the wilderness, is finding a purpose in life, and other organisations are seeing this and want a part of it
  4. We, the LJC, have an amazing community with some great events, great ideas and great members.  We have even more ideas we can implement.
Trisha and Martijn

It was a superb evening on Tuesday night, thanks to Trisha and Mike for giving the presentation ‘Understanding the Disruptor, a Beginner’s Guide to Hardcore Concurrency’ – 12 reviews and just shy of 5 *s!

I have to say it really is rare that we get as much positive feedback as we did on Tuesday night.

Thanks also to Somay, Ged and Peter for the lightning talks. If you have the slides available please upload them to the LJC meetup page, or if they’re available online somewhere please add the comment to the event:

Thanks also to Steve and PlayFish – as I said last night we couldn’t ask for better hosts, especially with the beer fridge open all night.

Thanks finally to JAX London for the pizzas and free tickets (congrats Dan/Richard). For those still to check out JAX London then visit 3 weeks to go and Trish/Mike and 60 other presenters will be speaking.

I hope you had a good night. If you are potentially interested in a new position please check out our latest roles on our job page:

Thanks again all,


Packt Publishing is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2011 Open Source Award. This announcement signals the start of the next stage where the finalists are now open to public vote, which lasts until October 31.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order across all the categories, are as follows:

  • Open Source CMS Award
    • Drupal
    • Joomla!
    • mojoPortal
    • Plone
    • SilverStripe
  • Open Source Mobile Toolkits and Libraries
    • FoneMonkey
    • jQuery Mobile
    • Min3D
    • PhoneGap
    • Sencha Touch
  • Most Promising Open Source Project
    • Chamilo
    • FLOW3
    • ImpressPages
    • Nette Framework
    • Seo Panel
  • Open Source Business Applications
    • Magento
    • NopCommerce
    • OpenCart
    • PrestaShop
    • SugarCRM
  • Open Source JavaScript Libraries
    • Dojo Toolkit
    • jQuery
    • Raphael JS
    • Sencha- ExtJS
    • YUI Library
  • Open Source Graphics Software
    • Airtime
    • Blender
    • GIMP
    • Inkscape
    • Krita

Users are invited to vote for their favorite open source projects across all the applicable categories and maximize their chances of winning their share of $24,000. Public votes will be combined with ratings from a panel of Judges with the winners announced on November 7.

Packt is giving away an Amazon Kindle to a lucky winner chosen randomly from the voting stage. To ensure you have a chance of winning, vote now.

In other Awards news, Packt has introduced subcategories to the 2011 Open Source Awards finals for the CMS and JavaScript Library categories. To read more, click here.

For more information, please visit:

What is the LJC

The London Java Community (LJC) is a group of Java Enthusiasts who are interested in benefiting from shared knowledge in the industry. Through our forum and regular meetings you can keep in touch with the latest industry developments, learn new Java (& other JVM) technologies, meet other developers, discuss technical/non technical issues and network further throughout the Java Community.